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Field Genealogy 




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chicago, illinois, 
Historian and Genealogist, 

Member of the Society of American Authors, American Historical 

Association, Illinois Historical Society, and author of 

Batchelder, Fiske, Gibson, Pearce, Whitney, 

Peirce, Foster, Pierce and Forbes 







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Copyright, 1901 


All rights reserved 

**San9 H)ieu IRten" 

" Without God Nothing" 

O wise and reverent legend traced 
The old armorial signs among, 

Fit motto for a noble race — 

Sans Dieu Rien, Sans Dieti Rien! 

No idle vaunt of brave deeds done, 

No boast of wealth, or rank, or fame; 

No haughty menace to a foe, 
No arrogant imperial claim. 

But simply true and simply grand. 

And couched in language briefly strong, 

They wrote the story of their faith — 
Sans Dieu Rien, Sans Dieu Rien. 

Whate'er their lordly heritage 

Of house and land, of form and mien, 
The lofty rank, the high estate, 

A loving Father's gifts are seen. 

And forward with calm trust they look 
The unknown future years along; 

Whate'er may come of good or ill, 
Serene in this — Sans Dieu Rien! 

O favored ones who trace your blood, 
Adown this good ancestral line, 

Claim the escutcheon's pictured scroll, 
Of knightly deeds the honored sign; 

But, best inheritance of all. 

High, pure as Eden's matin song. 

From sire to son hand down the faith, 
Sans Dieu Rien, Sans Dieu Rien! 

San Jose, Cal., July 30. 1899. 

—Mary H. Field. 

Table of Contents* 


Early History of Field Family 9 

Origin of the Field Name 12 

Arms of the Field Family 14 

English Homes of the Field's 15 

The Field's of Other Places in Wakefield 26 

horsmondon branch 28 

Fields of Heaton 30 

The Yorkshire Branch 31 

Prominent Members of the English Branch 33 

College Graduates by the Name of Field 39 

Revolutionary Soldiers from Various States 44 

Pensioners in the Revolutionary War 65 

The Field Family in England and America 66 

The New Hampshire, Maine and Boston Branches 949 

One Virginia Branch 1056 

The Virginia and Kentucky Branches 1101 

List of Illustrations* 


Frederick C. Pierce Frontispiece 

The Imperial City of Colmar, Alsace-Lor- 
raine 10 

Another View of Colmar 11 

Halifax, England 14 

Crown Street, Halifax, England 15 

Halifax Church 16 

Chantrv on the Bridge at Wakefield, Eng- 
land 17 

Old Church at Bradford, England 18 

Grammar School at Bradford, England. . 19 

Bridge at Wakefield, England 20 

Infirmary at Huddersfield, England 22 

The Assembly and Trinity Church, Hali- 
fax, England 23 

Wakefield Manor, England, and Neighbor- 
hood, from Map of 1610 26 

Wakefield Manor, England, and Neighbor- 
hood in 1900 27 

Old Field House, Sowerby, near Halifax. .78, 79 
Van Vechten and Field Bible, A. D. 1603, 

Field Record 186, 187 

John George Mostyn Field 192 

Philander Winchester 192 

Hon. Edward H. Fitch 192 

Winchester Fitch 192 

Norman Williams 202 

Edward H. Williams 20a 

Norman Williams 204 

Gen. Wesley Merritt 205 

The Connecticut River at Hatfield, Mass. . 210 

Main Street, Hatfield, Mass 211 

Residence of Dr. Simeon Field, Enfield, 

Conn 214 

Hon. James Dixon 215 

The Dixon Place, Enfield, Conn 215 

"Enfield Place," Residence of William 

Dixon Marsh 216 

Old Enfield, Conn., Bridge, built in 1832. .. 217 

William Dixon 218 

Morven 255 

Drawing-room at Morven 256 

Stockton Coat of Arms 256 

Commodore Robert Field Stockton 256 

The Line of Historic Catalpas 257 

Bayard Stockton 264 

William J. Strong 264 

Rev. William Henry Beard 264 

The Old Field Place, Dorset, Vt 265 

Horace Field Hobart 296 

Hon. Lucius G. Fisher 297 

Lucius G. Fisher 298 

Lucius G. Fisher, Jr 299 

Charles B. Merriman 300 

Residence of the Family of C.B. Merriman 302 

Rev. Augustus Field Beard, D. D 314 

Hon. Paul Selby 315 

Major Charles H. Hitchcock 325 

Dr. Arthur E. Prince 325 

Moses Field 325 

Henry C. Hardnn 325 

Dr. Lucius C. Herrick 326 

Dr. S. S Herrick 326 

John S. Bussing 326 

S. R. Bingham 326 

Gen. Martin Field 3;^8 

Mrs. Esther G. Field a39 

Military Commission of Lieut. John 

Field. Tr " 348 

Grave of Mrs. John B. Field 388 

The Old Warren Mansion .389 

Margaret Field .390 

Abraham Van Nest, Esq 391 

Ann Van Nest 392 

John S. Bussing, Jr 392 


Clock in Van Nest Residence 393 

Rev. David Dudley Field, D. D 410 

Mrs. David Dudley Field 410 

Alfred Field 410 

Spafford Field 410 

Hon. Michael Field 411 

Town Hall, Haddam, Conn 412 

The Old Field Place, Haddam, Conn 412 

Congregational Church, Haddam, Conn.. 413 

Congregational Church, Higganum,Conn. 413 

Justice David J- Brewer 418 

Entrance to Field Park, Haddam, Conn.. 419 

John Field 437 

Mrs. Fidelia (Nash) Field 438 

Edwin Par dridge 442 

Charles W. Pardridge 443 

Judge Charles Field 474 

Charles Field, Jr 474 

Mrs. Fidelia E. Ives 474 

Mrs. Helen P. Bomeisler 474 

L. E. Bomeisler 475 

Hon. Frederick W. Field 475 

Mrs. Pamelia E. Renwick and son 475 

Phinehas Field 475 

RufusP. Williams 482 

Field Home, Belfast, Me 483 

Hon. Charles Kellogg Field 506 

Hon. Roswell Martin Field 509 

William Dwight Field 516 

JosephG. Field 516 

Dr. George E. Fuller 516 

Lieut. Charles H. Field 516 

Princess Brancaccio 517 

Capt. Putnam Field 517 

William P. Field 517 

Hon. Joseph Field 532 

Hon. Alfred Ely 533 

Samuel Augustus Field 560 

Oliver Field Place, Somers, N. Y 561 

Joseph E. Field 575 

Mrs. Georgia L. Carter and child 575 

Edwin Wilkins Field 575 

John Hampden Field, Sr 575 

Old Field House, Fieldville, Bound Brook, 

N. J 576 

Algernon Sydney Field 592 

Blackdon Hill, Leamington, England 593 

Lodge and Entrance Gates, Leamington, 

England 593 

David Dudley Field 608 

Summer Residence of David Dudley Field 609 
Field Coat of Arms. .Frontispiece to Vol. ii. 

Hon. Jonathan E. Field 634 

Justice Stephen J. Field 625 

Cyrus W. Field 644 

Rev. Henry M. Field 645 

The Layers of the First Atlantic Cable 646 

The Great Eastern under Weigh 647 

Paying out Machinery of the Great East- 
ern 652 

Splicing the Atlantic Cable 652 

Trinity Bay, Newfoundland 653 

Searching for Fault with the Cable 654 

Charlotte Field Coonev 661 

Mrs. Charles E. Hill 661 

Lorenzo Field 661 

Deacon Levi F. Field 661 

Frederick Field 662 

Fred M. Field 662 

George B. Field 662 

Spafford C. Field 664 

Mrs. Spafford C. Field 665 

John S. Field 666 

Mrs. Martha A. Field and Familv 667 

Hon. Charles Field 672 



CharlesA. Field 673 

Residence of Hon. Charles Field 673 

Hon. Benjamin C. Field 674 

George M. Pullman 675 

First Sleeping Car of Field & Pullman 675 

Interior of Sleeping Car of Field & Pull- 
man 676, 677 

Norman S. Field 687 

Hon. William S. Field 687 

Dr. Andrew E. Field 687 

Samuel G. Field 687 

Leonard Hamilton Field 688 

Joseph Nash Field 689 

Marshall Field 690 

Field Columbian Museum 694 

Field Columbian Museum Rotunda 695 

Field Columbian Museum, South Court, 

looking North 696 

Field Columbian Museum, North Court, 

looking South 697 

Field Columbian Museum, West Court, 

looking East 698 

Field Columbian Museum, Department 

of Botany 700 

Field Columbian Museum, Department of 

Geology 701 

Field Columbian Museum, Department of 

Zoology 702 

Field Columbian Museum, Group of 

Wild Asses 703 

Field Columbian Museum, Group of 

Rocky Mountain Sheep 704 

The Field Memorial Library, Conway, 

Mass 705 

Henry Field 706 

Art Institute, Chicago 708 

Main Entrance Art Institute, The Field 

Lions 709 

Main Entrance Hall, Art Institute 710 

Henry Field Memorial Room and Art 

Collection 711 

Field Collection, Mounted Officer 712 

Field Collection, Song of the Lark 713 

Field Collection, Returning from Market 714 
Field Collection, Bringing Home the New- 

Born Calf 715 

Field Collection, Lazy Spain 716 

Field Collection, Landscape 717 

Hon. William W. Field 717 

Prof. Joseph W. Bashford 717 

Ohio Wesleyan L'niversity 718 

George W. Field 719 

Residence of Prof. Joseph W. Bashford... 719 

Richard E. Field 7.35 

James E. Field 735 

Dr. George Field 735 

Burgess P. Field 735 

Trinity Church, Rev. Justin Field, Rector 736 

Judge Bohan P. Field 754 

Rev. George Warren Field, D. D 755 

Edward Mann Field, M. D 766 

Home of Edward Mann Field, M. D 767 

Cornelius R. Field 790 

Charles H. B. Field 790 

Hon. Lucius Field 790 

Bradford M. Field 790 

Henry K. Field 791 

Eugene Field 792 

Roswell M. Field 793 

Heman H. Field 805 

James C. Truman 806 

Hon. Zibeon C. Field 806 

Mrs. J. G. Green 806 

Mrs. Adelia A. Field Johnston 806 

Abner Field 8.36 

Hon. Durant J. Boynton 837 

Hon. Jeremiah H. Field 842 

Dr. Robert Field 842 

Hon. Timothy Field 842 

Thaddeus C. Field : . 842 

Campus Oberlin College 843 

Judge Elisha C. Field 854 

Edward Field 855 


Residence of Edward Field 855 

Major Cyril Field 864 

John Hampden Field 864 

Henry Field 864 

Allen B. Field 864 

Residence of Henry Field 865 

Kirk Hart Field 882 

Bray ton A. Field 882 

Franklin Field 882 

Alfred L. Field 882 

Clinton N. Field 883 

Marshall Field, Jr 888 

Hugh Wentworth Field 894 

Charles Reed Field 894 

Junius S. (Field) Beal 894 

AlvaradoW. Field 894 

Dr. James B. Field 895 

Cornelius J. Field 895 

Frank Harvey Field 895 

Cyrus W. Field 895 

George Prentice Field 902 

Hon. Fred A. Field 903 

Hon. Walbridge A. Field 928 

Rev. Thomas G. Field 928 

Henry W. Field 928 

Albert D. Field 928 

Hon. Fred G. Field 929 

George L. Field 934 

Benjamin Prince Field 937 

Richard I. Field 937 

Elisha Field 937 

George Russell Field 937 

Hon. Edward Field 946 

Charles H. Walden 956 

Judge Frederick Lawton 957 

Judge George Field Lawton 957 

Ebenezer Field 957 

Mrs. Kate M. F. Jose 957 

The Capture of El Caney 974 

The Capture of the Block House on San 

Juan Hill 975 

Old John Adams House, Quincy 1030 

Horatio N. Field 1031 

Rev. S. M. Field 1036 

John Field 1036 

John G. Field 10.36 

W. G. Field 1036 

Jeremiah S. Field 1037 

Hon. N. P. Frye ia37 

William Ameficus Field 10.37 

H. A. Field 1037 

Walter T. Field 1050 

Henry M. Field 1051 

Edward B. Field 1054 

Dr. Henry W. Field 1054 

Judge William Hume Field 1055 

Mrs. Gilbert Knapp 1055 

President Thomas Jefferson 1064 

Mrs. Thomas Jefferson 1065 

Monticello 1066 

Stuart Medallion, of Jefferson 1067 

Grave of Thomas Jefferson 1078 

Old Blandford Church, Virginia 1079 

Field Coat of Arms 11^0 

Braddock's Defeat 1114 

Edward H. Burnham 1115 

H. P. Roberts 1115 

Capt John Field 1115 

Mrs. Patty Irvin Power 1115 

Deed of Chicago Postoffice Site 1127 

Judge Curtis Field 1130 

Hon. Brutus J. Clay 1130 

Hon. Cassius M. Clay, Jr 11.30 

William Edward Field 1130 

Auvergne, Home of the Clays 1131 

Gen. Green B. Raum 1138 

Gen. James G. Field 1139 

Hon. John Dillard Field 1139 

Dr. Hardin W. Bright 11.39 

Judge Richard Field 1152 

William Warren Field 1152 

James G. Field 1152 

William O. Field 1152 

Author^s Preface 

THIS work has been compiled at the instigation of John Spafford 
Field, of this city, who for several years has been greatly inter- 
ested in the genealogy of his family. While securing the data of his 
particular line, much valuable historical information was obtained of 
other lines. On this account it was decided to continue the investiga- 
tions in England, which had been so carefully pursued by the late 
Osgood Field, of Rome, Italy. With his assistance and that of others 
whom he employed, very full and careful search was made in Great 

All the emigrant ancestors were connected, and instead of pub- 
lishing the work in one volume, it has been found imperative to make 
two of just twice the size originallj'' planned. The individuals in this 
work can take pride in the fact that many prominent men belong to 
the family, who have occupied high positions in the world, and have 
achieved enviable reputations for integrity and ability from the time 
of their illustrious ancestor, who computed the Copernican system in 
the isle across the sea. 

The work is the most complete of the score I have published, 
and I take this opportunity to most cordially thank all those who have 
so kindly lent their assistance and aid. 

A number of abbreviations will be found in the book, of which 
the following are explanations: ae. , aged; abt. , about; dau., daughter; 
dec'd. , deceased; res., resided, resides, or residence; w. , wife; wid., 
widow or widower; yr., year; n. f. k. , nothing further known; s. p., 
sitie prole (without issue). There are a number of other abbreviations 
of such common use that the meaning will be obvious. A name in 
parentheses thus, Anna Field, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary 
(Pierce) Field, indicates the maiden name of the mother. An inter- 
rogation mark implies doubt or want of absolute certainty. The 


birthplace of the children are not always given, but they can be ascer- 
tained by reference to the residence of the parents, which is given in 
all cases, 

I have been greatly aided and assisted in my work of compilation 
by the Field manuscript in the library of the Historical Society at 
Deerfield,Mass. ; by the pamphlet issued by Mrs. Harriet A. Brownell, 
of Providence, relating to the Rhode Island branch; by the pamphlet 
on Rev. Timothy Field and his descendants by Rev. Henry 
Martyn Field, of Stockbridge, Mass., and last, and by no means 
least, the work of the late Osgood Field, of Rome, Italy. 

From the Curator's Report of the Deerfield Historical Society for 
February, 1883, I quote: "We have received a volume which no 
library in the land can match. It is from Rodney Burt Field, of 
Guilford, Vt., and contains the results of many years' labor in col- 
lecting a genealogy of the descendants of Zechariah Field, who came 
to the Connecticut Valley in 1639. This volume is a thick quarto, 
elegantl}'' bound, and contains the record of the birth of more than 
three thousand members of the family, all in his peculiarly neat hand- 
writing. It is presented on the condition that it is not to be taken on 
any consideration from Memorial Hall. No one shall be allowed to 
copy from it without permission of Hon. George Sheldon, the presi- 
dent, or secretary of the association. Should this work be the means 
of stimulating some one to collect and publish a more full history and 
genealogy of the family, they are permitted to make such use of the 
whole as may be necessary for them to use, under the foregoing reg- 
ulations. ' ' 

It is under the last clause of the above that I was allowed to 
make a copy of the work under conditions agreed upon. 

The publication of the book has been delayed somewhat by its 
magnitude. I trust the family will take as much pleasure in perusing 
its pages as I have'enjoyed in compiling the same. 

Very truly. 

Chicago, March i, igoi 


THE name of Field is an ancient and honorable one in England, and can be 
traced far back of the Conquest. Probably not a dozen families in England 
can prove so high an antiquity. The family name of Field is one of sev- 
eral, such as Wood, Hill, etc., derived from locality. Persons with corres- 
ponding patronymics may be found in every civilized country. The word originally 
signified land on which the timber had been felled, as distinguished from woodland. 
It is evident from the nature of its origin that there are many families of that name, 
related to each other, from having two common ancestors. It was anciently written 
De la Feld, or De la Felde, as was also the noun from which the name was 
derived ; but about the middle of the fourteenth century the spelling of both was 
changed to Field, or, in some cases, Feild. We find, for instance, in the early edi- 
tions of the Bible the well known words printed thus, "consider the lilies of the 
feld." The fact of the name being hereditary in the family to which this book 
relates as early as the middle of the tenth century, and probably at a still more 
remote period, indicates a so-called Norman origin. 

Freeman says in his history of the Norman Conquest that there is no well ascer- 
tained case of a strictly hereditary surname in England before the Conquest, and 
that they were a novelty at that time in Normandy, where the custom was taking 
root. After the Conquest there were instances of hereditary names in England, 
among the Norman families especially, if not confined to them. With these few 
exceptions, hereditary surnames did not come into use here till about the middle 
of the fourteenth century. 

Burke states in one edition of his "Landed Gentry," under the head of De la 
Field, that this family was originally in Alsace, near the Vosges Mountains, where 
it was seated at the Chateau de la Feld, near Colmar, from the darkest period of the 
middle ages; that the Counts de la Feld were the once powerful proprietors of 
the demesnes and castles near Colmar, of which the latter still bears their name. 
These Lords had large possessions in Alsace and Lorraine, and are frequently men- 
tioned in the wars of those countries. The Croix d'Or of La Feld, their ancient badge, 
is still the coat armor of the Delafields. Hubertus de la Feld was the first of his race 
that emigrated to England. He went over with the crowd of foreigners who 
attended the Conqueror hither, his name appearing enrolled as the owner of lands 
in the County of Lancaster in 1069, the 3rd of William I. 

Burke also states that others of the name were proprietors of land in the same 
county in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and were descendants of Sir Hurbert- 
us. We have no authentic record of the companions of the Conqueror, and it is 
generally admitted by competent genealogists that the "roll of Battle Abbey" is 
imperfect, and has been tampered with. I It does not, therefore, help us in this 
matter. Burke is not always reliable, and when the writer* wrote to him for his 
authority for the statements in his book, he replied that he had forgotten where he 
found them, or from whom he had received them. The writer has not often met 
with the name in England prior to the middle of the thirteenth century. In the 
great roll of the Pipe there is mention of a Hugo de la Felde under the head of the 

tAnother account says the names of the Knights who came over with William to England are 
engraved on a tablet in a church at Falaise in France, the birthplace of William. 
•Osgood Field. 



Counties of Bucks and Beds, in the ist of Richard I. (1189). A little later in the 3rd 
of John (1201), the following entry occurs in the "Rotuli de Oblatis" : 
"York \ '^^® King to all, etc. Know ye that Hugh de Stueton to whom at first we 
( wrote for his daughter for Richard de la Felda, and afterwards for Robert 
de Carduel, has offered us 100 marks of silver that his daughter may freely marry 
whom she pleases, and also offers to give us more if we are not contented with this, 
and, therefore, we command you if the same Robert would give us only so much as 
we can have from others, we will that he may have that marriage and that you 
cause him to have the aforesaid daughter of the same Hugh without delay." 

This extract affords a curious picture of the manner in which the hands of high- 
born ladies were disposed of by the sovereign at that time. 

As stated previously, the ancestor of the Field family, the first of whom there 
is any record, was Hubertus de la Feld, who went to England with William the 
Conqueror in the year 1066 from near Colmar in Alsace, on the German border of 
France. He was of the family of the Counts de la Feld, who trace back to the 
darkest period of the middle ages, about the sixth century. In Alsace the De la 
Felds entertained in the eleventh century Pope Leo IX. and his Court on the way 
to consecrate the Cathedral of Strasburgh. The edifice received many benefactions 
at their hands, and several of them are interred there in the chanteries they 

Hubertus de la Feld received of William the Conqueror large grants of land 
for military service. In the fourteenth century, in consequence o€ wars between 
England and France, the English De la Fields dropped their French prefix De La and 
ever after wrote their name Field. As previously stated. Sir Hubertus, the first in 
England, settled in Lancaster, near the city of Chester, and from him descended 
the family in this volume. 

Colmar, or Kolmar, Germany, formerly in France, where the Field family is 
said to have had its origin, is the capital of the imperial German district Ober-Elsass, 
situated on the Lauch River, and not far from the 111 River, connected with Rhine- 
Rhone Canal by a small auxiliary canal, one hundred and ninety-three metres above 
sea level. It is an old town with narrow and winding streets. The ancient fortifi- 
cations have been made into beautiful promenades. A new portion has grown up 
around the railway station, where also are located the beautiful district hall or pre- 
fecture (official residence), the water tower, the Field of Mars, and statues of Gen- 
eral Rapp and Admiral Bruat, both natives of Colmar. Besides these are to be 
mentioned: The Minster or Catholic parish-church of St. Martin (thirteenth or 
fourteenth century), with its two steeples, one unfinished, its magnificent portals 
and the famous picture Maria in Rosenhag by M. Schongauer, who was a resident 
of Colmar; the Protestant church, the old Dominican monastery, built A. D. 1232- 
1289, containing excellent collections, i. e., public library, artistic, archaeological, 
ethnographic, and natural history museums. Also a statue of Schongauer and one 
of the poet Pfeffel, the old Dominican church, the ancient market house, the impe- 
rial and district court-houses, the synagogue, etc. The population in 1899, includ- 
ing garrison of one regiment and three battalions, was over 30,399. The industries 
are varied and considerable wool and cotton weaving and spinning, silk cloth, 
twine, jute, thread, starch, sugar, breadstuffs, wagons and machinery, iron work, 
dyeing, brewing, etc. Commerce is regulated and supported by a bourse and a 
branch of the imperial bank. Colmar is the center point of numerous railway lines. 
Educational institutions: one lyceum, two normal seminaries, a theological semi- 
nary, a rabbinical school, an institute for midwives, and a society for preserving art 
collections of the city. Colmar is the seat of the district government, the circuit 
and supreme court of Alsace-Lorraine, a local court, the staff of the twenty-ninth 

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cavalry brigade, and a district of forestry inspection. Municipal government 
comprise three magistrates and twenty-four councilmen. The manufacturing town 
Logelbach, with its great spinning and weaving mills belongs to the city of Colmar. 
The judicial district of Colmar comprises fifteen local jurisdictions. 

The origin of the city of Colmar is not known. Some say it derived its name 
from Collis Martes, hill of the war-god Mars, and on that eminence where now 
stands St. Peter's church was a temple sacred to that god. Other authorities state 
it derived its name from Collis Marii. 


PROF. JOHN FISKE, the most eminent historian in the country to-day, in 
writing to the author in relation to the origin of names, says : The origin of 
surnames is not perfectly clear. The largest and most familiar groups of sur- 
names are either (i) patronymics, such as Johnson, Jones, Wilson, etc. ; or (2) 
names of villages and estates, such as Washington, Frothingham (a corruption of 
Fotheringham), Greenough (green field), Holmes (meadow), Etherston (Adde's 
Stone), Stanley (stony pasture), etc. ; or (3) names descriptive ot occupation or social 
position, such as Mason, Carpenter, Franklin (country squire), Baker and its 
feminine Baxter, Thatcher and Thaxter, Weaver and Webster, Draper, Smith, 
Fletcher (arrow-maker). Chapman (merchant), Cooper, Butler, Cartwright, Sargent, 
Waterman, Sawyer, Chandler, Bishop, Abbot, Clark, Constable, Spencer (steward), 
Grosvenor (chief huntsman), Woodward (forest-keeper), Youmans (yeoman), etc. 

The earliest use of family names in England was about the beginning of the 
eleventh century. Long before that time, indeed, clan names were common, and 
such were always patronymics, e. g., Fotherings, the descendants of Fother; Beor- 
mings, the descendants of Beorm ; Icklings, the descendants of Ickel. At the time 
ot the Anglo-Saxon conquest of Britain (fifth and sixth centuries) it was customary 
for a clan to settle in a stockaded village by itself, and all English towns whose 
names end in ham or ton, preceded by ing, were originally the abodes of single 
clans; e. g., Birmingham, home ot the children of Beorm; Icklington, town ot the 
children of Ickel. Besides these general clan names no others were in use except 
individual names, such as Alfred or Edith. 

The use of family names, beginning in the eleventh century, increased slowly. 
It was not until the fifteenth century that such names became nearly universal, and 
also stationary. At first they were shifting in usage. Thus, the same man might 
be called Henry Wilson, because his father was named William, or Henry Froth- 
ingham, because he lived at the village of Fotheringham, or Henry Draper, because 
of his occupation. If the son ot this Henry were named Robert, and were any kind 
of a worker in metals, from an armourer to a blacksmith, he might be known as 
Robert Harrison or Robert Smith. Surnames had not ceased to fluctuate in this 
way until the fifteenth century, and it was not until late in the sixteenth that more 
importance began to be attached to the family surname than to the individual 
baptismal name. It appears, therefore, that m tracing back the Field genealogy 
into the ninth century, we are approaching the time at which difficulty must arise 
from fluctuations of surname. In the thirteenth century we should be quite likely 
to encounter such confusion and to find the helpfulness of surnames in tracing 
genealogies vastly diminished. 

Surnames derived from estates or localities seem to have been the first to be- 
come stationary, and next after them the surnames derived from trade or oflBce, 
since sons have so commonly followed their fathers in business. 

We are at first struck with the tact that barbarians commonly use such names, 
both for individuals and for clans. Such individual names as Grey Wolf or Yellow 
Raccoon often owe their origin to some personal peculiarity or to some irrecover- 
able incident. Among American Indians, and in general among barbarians all 
over the world, the clans are apt to have such names as Wolf, Eagle, Salmon, 
Turtle, etc. ; the totem, or symbol of the Wolf clan, the idol or image of its tutelar 
deity, is likely to be a rude image of a wolf or wolf's head ; and in many cases the 
clan is supposed to have had a wolf for its first ancestor. 



Shall we say, then, that animal surnames in modern English are survivals of 
ancient heathen clan-names. To this view there seems to be a serious objection. 
The conversion of our English forefathers from heathenism to Christianity was 
completed in the seventh century, at least four hundred years before the earliest 
use of surnames in England. The old clan system, moreover, had crumbled to 
pieces long before the Norman Conquest. It is not likely, therefore, that habits of 
naming characteristic of the old heathen clans could have persisted long enough to 
give rise to a whole class of surnames so late as the eleventh and twelfth centuries. 

Between the ancient systems of totem devices and the heraldry of the Middle 
Ages there were many analogies and doubtless some points of connection; though, 
on the whole, the former must be regarded as the predecessor of the latter, not as 
its ancestor. The mediaeval heraldry was growing up in England during the 
eleventh and twelfth centuries, and it made an extensive use of conventionalized 
heads of tamiliar animals, not merely lions, wolves, and bulls, but many kinds of 
bird and fish, as well as such imaginary creatures as dragons, griffins, and cocka- 
trices. For example, Lucy is the heraldic name for pike, and the shield ot the De 
Lucy family bears on a field gules three lucies or. From this emblem the family 
surname is likely to have arisen, just as Geoffrey Plantagenet was so called from 
the sprig ot broom or genesta plant worn m his helmet. The familiar name ot 
Pike, as well as that of the Puritan magistrate. Sir Thomas Lucy, who arrested 
Shakespeare for poaching, has probably come from the heraldic use of pikes or lucies. 

The explanation which serves for one of this class ot animal surnames might 
perhaps serve for all ; but there is another point to be considered. Heraldic de- 
vices were used not only upon banners and coat s-of -arms, but also upon sign- 
boards, not merely of inns but of other places of business. In days when reading 
and writing were not common accomplishments, such devices were in general use, 
and they survived down to a recent time. For tavern signs they are not yet ex- 
tinct. In old times, as often at the present day in Europe, the shop and the home- 
stead were usually contained in the same building. Thus in the seventeenth cen- 
tury the father of John Milton, who was a solicitor, notary public, and law-stationer, 
had his office and his home in a certain house known as the Spread Eagle, in Bread 
Street, Cheapside. Over the front door was the figure of an eagle with outstretched 
wings. For four or five centuries before Milton's time, in going through any town, 
you would have passed by a succession of such signs of hawks, cranes, dolphins, 
salmon, lambs, and bulls, thus finding your way to the particular shop and home- 
stead of which you were in quest The principle upon which the signs were chosen 
is not always obvious. Sometimes a family name may have suggested the sign, 
as if a man named Crow were to paint a black crow over his door; but in early 
times the signs undoubtedly preceded and suggested the name. The family which 
dwelt at the sign of the crow came to be called Crow, in the same way that a family 
which dwelt at a country house called Greenough or Greenhalge (green field) came 
to be called by the name of the house. 

Field is derived from De la Field. Here are a few of the compound names 
derived from Field. Arkenfeldt (German tor cornfield), Banfield, Barnfield, Bay- 
field, Bidfield, Binfield. Blackfield, Bloomfield, Bradfield (i. e.. Broad Field), 
Bromfield, Butterfield, By field, Cawfield. Drewfield, Deerfield, Fifield, Fairfield, 
Gaffield, Garfield, Greenfield, Hubberfield, Handfield, Hartfield, Hatchfield, Hat- 
field, Heathfield. Kenfield. Kitfield, Layfield, Linsfield, Littlefield, Mansfield, 
Marshfield. Maxfield, Mirrifield, Merryfield, Moorfield, Redfield, Readfield, North- 
field, Schinfield, Scholefield, Scolfield, Schofield, Spokesfield, Stanfield, Southfield, 
Tuckfield, Wakefield, Whitfield (white field), Widdefield (wide fielri), Winefield, 
Winfield, Westfield, 


THE arms borne by the Field family of which the author is writing are what is 
termed in heraldry, "canting," or "armes parlantes," because of their allusion 
to the name — the garbs or wheatsheaves on the shield being the chief production ot 
the fields. Their simplicity is an evidence ot their antiquity, apart from the state- 
ment in Symonds' diary that he saw them on monuments of knights of the name of 
Field in Madeley church, which were of the thirteenth century. It was only during 
the first half of it that coat armour came into use in England. The most 
ancient roll ot arms there, of which any copy exists, is that of the reign of Henry 
III., and is supposed by competent authorities to have been made in 1240 to 1245. 
In this the arms of the Barons de Segrave are given as "sable, three garbs or." 

A little later, in the same century, the Earls of Chester assumed as their arms, 
"azure, three garbs or." Probably the Fields bad adopted their coat before these 
two had been used, and others therefore were obliged by the laws of heraldry to 
choose one differing in some respect from those described ; they had selected for 
theirs the arms on the monuments in Madeley church, "sable, three garbs argent." 

These arms, differenced by a chevron, were confirmed to John Field, of East 
Ardsley, in the manor ot Wakefield, in 1558, and it has been stated that they were 
used by Matthew Field, of Wakefield and London, at about the same time, and 
are now on an old house at Crofton, at which place several members of this same 
family resided in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

It was a serious matter at this time for any one to assume a coat to which he 
was not entitled by right of descent, or of a grant from the College of Arms. The 
Earl Marshal's Court imposed heavy fines, and sometimes personal confinement 
on those who violated the laws of heraldry. The author would remark that the 
arms assigned to the Fields of Weston in the Hertfordshire Visitation of 1664, are 
identical with those confirmed to John Field of East Ardsley, and with the crest 
granted to him in 1558, except that the chevron is "engrailed." The inference from 
this great resemblance of the two coats is, that the Hertfordshire family claimed 
relationship with that of Wakefield manor, and that, being of the same stock, they 
wished to found a separate branch. 


Arms granted March 9, 1653. 

Field, of Stanstedbury, County Hertford. 

Field, of Oxford. 

Field or Feld, Ardestow, County York, Sept. 4, 1558. 

Field, Ulceby Grange, near Hull. 

Field, Horton Shipley and Ardsley, County York, and Bayside and Flushing, 
N. Y., confirmed to John Field, of East Ardsley, Sept. 4, 1558. 

It is a singular fact that the City of Chester coat ot arms has three garbs ot 
wheat like that of the Field family. Sir Hubertus de la Feld resided near that 
city and it may be that this part of the Chester arms was copied from those he bore. 



IN I220 a Robert Feld was bailiff ot the city of Exeter. During the next hundred 
years the name — somewhat varied in the spelling — occurs more and more fre- 
quently, and is found in the counties of Lancaster, Hereford, York, Hertford, Kent, 
Gloucester, Somerset, Oxford, and Surry ; but, for the reason already given, in all 
probability the persons named in these different localities bore no close relationship 
to each other, except when residing in the same neighborhood. 

About the middle of the thirteenth century we first meet with persons of the 
name, who may be considered on fair and reasonable grounds to have belonged to 
the family to which this book relates. They are mentioned in the Coucher Book, 
or Chartulary of Whalley Abbey, concerning Spotland. It appears from an entry in 
this register that Adam, son of Henry del Feld, sold his house and land at Falenge 
in Spotland, and that Robert del Feld, son of the former, executed a quit claim. 
There is no date to these documents; but from surrounding circumstances they 
may be assigned to the middle of the thirteenth century, or shortly after. Spotland 
is a suburb of Rochdale, from which town a high road runs to Halifax, passing by 
Sowerby.* This last named place is only some ten miles from Rochdale, and we 
find that the Fields were seated there as early as 1306, and probably before that date. 
We may fairly suppose that those of the name residing at these two places were 
related, inasmuch as they were living at about the same date in the same neighbor- 
hood. Not improbably Adam del Feld removed to Sowerby after selling his estate 
at Falenge. This is more probable, inasmuch as we find one ot the family at Sow- 
erby in 1333 with the uncommon name of Adam, and as he had a house and land 
there in 1336, and was dead in 1350, he was probably born as early as 1300. This 
Adam is described in the manor rolls as "son of Richard del Feld," while another 
Adam is mentioned as at Sowerby in 1349, who is called in them "son of Thomas 
del Feld." 

Rochdale is in Lancashire, in which county Hubertus de la Feld held lands in 
1069, and others of the name (his descendants) had similar possessions there in 
the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. 

Before leaving this remote period, the author would call attention to a branch 
then seated in Herefordshire, who, judging from the similarity of the arms borne 
respectively by them, were related to the Sowerby family. 

Among the officers in the army of Charles I. was a certain Richard Symonds, a 
man ot good family, and possessing antiquarian tastes. In the course of his wan- 
derings with the army, he availed himself ot every opportunity of visiting sudh ob- 
jects of interest in that way as might happen to be in the neighborhood where he 
was stationed. He recorded his observations in a diary written in the years 1644 
and 1645, which has been published by the Camden Society. Among other ancient 
edifices, he visited Madeley Church, about five miles from Hereford, and he de- 
scribed, as follows, some ancient monuments which he saw there : 

"Madeley Church, com. Hereford. North window church. Kneeling figure ot 
a knight in complete armor of the thirteenth century, with hands upraised in the 
attitude of prayer ; his sword suspended from a highly enriched belt, and his sur- 
coat embroidered with Sable, three garbs, argent (Feld or Field), under written 
Walt'us et Joh'es Felde, sword between his legs;" also, "Outline of an effigy of a 

♦Pronounced Sorby. 



knight, upon which is written 'broken, the same garbes. ' Some of this family of 
De la field built a part of this faire churche, and a house is so called now." 

The vicar of Madeley wrote that nothing remains of these monuments, and that 
the oldest existing ones m the church only date from the reign ot Elizabeth, 1558- 
1603. The name, however, survives in a house called "Fielde Place," and a mill 
adjoining styled "Fielde mill," pleasantly situated on the "Wye, about a mile from 
the church, and in the parish. He adds that the house has been modernized, and 
exceeds the requirements ot a farmer, though now occupied by one. 

In 1558 the same coat which was on the monuments in Madley church, "differ- 
enced" by a chevron, was confirmed to John Field ot Ardsley. This place is but a 
few miles from Sowerby, and both are in the manor ot Wakefield, which is the 
cradle of the race in England to which this work refers. It will be seen hereafter 
that these arms were used by other members of the family residing in this manor, 
and at an early date. 

The celebrated commercial town of Halifax, where the Fields resided, is situ- 
ated in the liberty of the manor of Wakefield, eight miles from Bradford, and twelve 
from Keighley. Seated on the western declivity ot a gently rising eminence, but 
surrounded with hills of considerable height, it seems, on approaching it, to stand 
in a deep valley. The town is about three-quarters of a mile in length, from east 
to west, but the breadth is narrow and exceedingly irregular ; it is in general well 
built, partly of stone, partly of brick. The use of the latter material has been 
brought into fashion only since about the middle ot the last century; and it is said 
that it was introduced because the nice dressing of stone is attended with great ex- 
pense. It is difficult to conceive, however, how brick can be the cheaper material, 
on account of the numerous quarries in the neighborhood. It seems that the in- 
habitants of Settle, Skipton, Keighley, Bradford, etc., make a different calculation. 
These towns are almost entirely built of stone, and in the villages scarcely any brick 
is seen, either in the most elegant mansions or the humblest cottages. Whatever 
may be their reason, however, the people of Halifax, though living in a land of 
stone, seem to have a strong predilection for brick.* The mixture of brick and stone 
buildings in this town forms a variegated picture, and the great number of small 
enclosures in the neighborhood, surrounded with stone walls, in the valleys and on 
the declivities of the hills, resemble an assemblage of gardens, but the landscape is 
almost entirely destitute of hedges and wood. 

Halifax has a good market on Saturday f where, beside provisions, etc., consid- 
erable quantities ot woolen cloths of different sorts are sold. Fairs are held on 
June the 4th, and the first Saturday in November, tor horses, horned cattle, sheep, 
and swine. 

In 1453 there were but thirteen houses in this town, which, in one hundred and 
twenty years, increased to five hundred and twenty. Camden, when he traveled in 
these parts, about the year 1580, was informed that the number of inhabitants in 
this parish was about twelve thousand. Archbishop Grindall, in his letter to Queen 
Elizabeth, during the northern rebellion, also says, that the parish of Halifax was 
ready to bring into the field, for her service, three or four hundred able men. In 
the year 1801, there were one thousand nine hundred and seventy-three houses, oc- 
cupied by eight thousand eight hundred and eighty-six inhabitants; and in 1821 the 
town contained twelve thousand six hundred and twenty-eight, personsj inhabiting 
two thousand seven hundred and thirty-four houses. In 1828 the gross total of the 

*Beauties of England and Wales.— Yorkshire, p. 743. 

tThe market is held by prescription, which, through length of time, is now equivalent to a 

JThe entire parish contained ninety-two thousand eight hundred and fifty persons. 

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inhabitants of this extensive parish amounted to one hundred and tour thousand 
two hundred and sixty- nine, an increase of eleven thousand two hundred and nine- 
teen since the official census taken in 1821. 

The town of Halifax can not boast of great antiquity ; its name is not found in 
Domesday book, nor is it mentioned in any ancient record before a grant of its 
church was made by Earl Warren to the priory ot Lewes, in Sussex. The origin of 
its name has been variously given: Dr. Whitaker supposes it to be half Saxon, half 
Norman; and that formerly, in the 'deep valley where the church now stands, was 
a hermitage, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, the image in the sanctity of which at- 
tracted a great concourse of persons in every direction, and that there were tour 
roads by which the pilgrims entered, and hence the name Halifax, or Holyways, for 
fax, in Norman French, is an old plural noun, denoting highways. 

The church stands near the east end ot the town, the chancel directly fronting 
the entrance from Wakefield. It is a large structure of pointed architecture, one 
hundred and ninety-two feet in length, and above sixty in breadth within the walls. 
The precise era of its erection can not be ascertained. It is evident that there was 
no church here at the time of the Conqueror's survey; for the Domesday book in- 
forms us that in the manor of Wakefield, of which Halifax was a part, there were 
only two churches, and it is clear that these were at Wakefield and Sandal. Inter- 
nal as well as external evidence fixes the erection of it in the reign of Henry VI. 
Since that time it has been frequently re-edified, and the chancel seems to have 
been an addition to the original fabric. The steeple, which was built by the munifi- 
cence ot the families of Lacy and Saville, the founders ot the parish of Halifax, was 
begun in the year 1450; and this tower, which is well proportioned, is said to be one 
hundred and seventeen feet in height from the ground to the summit of the pin- 

Within the church are two chapels, one on the north side, the other on the 
south; the former of these, called Rokeby's chapel which is eleven yards and a 
quarter in length, and five yards and a quarter in breadth, was erected in conse- 
quence of the will of Dr. Rokeby. 

The parish town of Thurnscoe is situated eight miles trom Doncaster, and has 
a population of two hundred and five persons. 

The benefice is a rectory, dedicated to St. Helen, and valued in the Liber 
Regis, at 11. 7s. 8 i-2d. Patron, Earl Fitzwilliam. The church is a neat edifice. 

The township of Ardsley is in Staincross wapentake ; it contains nine hundred 
and ninety-two persons. Here are two considerable seats — Park House, the resi- 
dence of B. Taylor, Esq., and Ardsley Hall, the seat of J. Micklethwaite, Esq. 

The parish ot Crotton, three miles and a half east ot Wakefield, has a population 
of four hundred and fitty-nine persons. The benefice is a rectory, dedicated to All 
Saints, and valued in the Liber regis at 10. os. 2 i-2d. It is in the patronage ot the 
crown. The church, a neat edifice, of the fifteenth century, has a good tower in the 

The parish of East Ardsley is situated on the high road from Wakefield to Brad- 
ford, being distant from the former town three miles and a half. It has a population 
ot eight hundred and thirty-two persons. The benefice, a perpetual curacy, valued 
in the Liber regis at £11, is in the patronage ot the Earl of Cardigan. The church 
is a small but neat edifice, and contains tew objects worthy of notice. West Ards- 
ley, near the last village, has a population of one thousand five hundred and fifteen 
persons. The church is a perpetual curacy, of the clear value of ^31. 5s. It is in 
the patronage of the Earl of Cardigan. 

Another branch of the Fields located at Wakefield, which is a large and opu- 
lent town, delightfully situated on the left bank of the Calder, in the center of the 


parish and liberty to which it gives name ; it is nine miles from Leeds, ten from 
Barnsley, and one hundred and eighty-seven from London. The streets are, for the 
most part, regular, handsome, and spacious, and the houses, which are principally 
of brick, are well built, large, and lofty. The market place, however, is very small 
and incommodious, and before the corn market was removed into Westgate, it was 
totally inadequate to the accommodation of a town of its present magnitude. In 
the center of the market, there is a small cross, of the Doric order of architecture, 
with an open colonnade supporting a dome, with an ascent by an open staircase to 
a spacious room, which is lighted by a lantern in the dome and in which room the 
commissioners of the streets hold their meetings, and other public business is trans- 
acted. Friday is the market day at Wakefield, and a great deal of business is done, 
in corn and wool, the latter of which is sent here from various parts of the kingdom, 
to be disposed of by the factors to the manufacturers m the adjacent districts. The 
fortnight fairs for cattle, held here every alternate Wednesday, are much resorted 
to, and contribute to supply an extensive and populous country to the west with fat 
cattle, brought from the north, the south, and the east. 

The manor ot Wakefield is very extensive, including the parish of Halifax, and 
stretching from Normanton westward to the verge of Lancashire. It is more than 
thirty miles in length from east to west, and [comprises upward ot one hundred 
and fitty towns, villages, and hamlets, of which Wakefield and Halifax are the 
chief; and upward ot one hundred and twenty thousand inhabitants (about one- 
eighth ot the whole population ot Yorkshire). It appears from Domesday Book to 
have been part of the royal demesnes of Edward the Confessor, and at the time ot 
the survey it belonged to the crown. How long it continued in the hands of the 
king is uncertain; some assert that William I., who settled most of the lands in the 
kingdom on his Norman followers, gave it as a portion with his daughter Gundred 
to William, Earl of Warren. Others, with greater probability, say that it remained 
annexed to the crown till the reign of Henry 1., who granted it to William, Earl of 
Warren and Surrey, in 1116. 

At the time of the Domesday survey, Wakefield, with its dependencies, was in 
the hands of the crown. In this extensive manor there were two churches and 
three priests. "The churches may," says Dr. Whittaker, "without the slightest 
hesitation, be assigned to Wakefield and Sandal; and as we know that a chapel ex- 
isted at Horbury within fifty years from this time, and as chapels are never men- 
tioned in Domesday, the presumption is, that the third priest ministered at that 
place. I am further persuaded, that although the church of Wakefield was in exist- 
ence in the Conqueror's reign, it was not one ot the original Saxon churches, of 
which, in the hundred of Morley, there were only two. 

Huddersfield is one of the five principal market-towns in the central part of the 
West Riding ; it is in the liberty of the honor of Pontef ract, eight miles from Hali- 
fax, sixteen from Leeds, twenty-four from Manchester, and one hundred and 
eighty-eight from London. The town, which derives its name from Oder, or Hud- 
der, the first Saxon colonist in the place, stands on the river Colne, which, rising 
near the source of the Don above Holmfirth, tails into the Calder near Nunbrook. 
The valley formed by this stream, with a small quantity of level ground upon its 
banks, comprehends the parish of Huddersfield. 

Horton is a large chapelry, with a population of seven thousand one hundred 
and ninety-two persons. The chapel, a small edifice (consecrated about twenty-four 
years ago) is a perpetual curacy, valued at ^44; patron, the Vicar of Bradford. 



The commercial and populous town of Bradford,* where the Fields resided, is 
situate in the liberty of the honor of Pontefract, is eight miles and a half from Hali- 
fax, ten miles from Leeds, and about the same distance northwest from Dewsbury. 
It is pleasantly situated at the junction of three beautiful and extensive valleys. 
It also possesses the advantage of a navigable canal, which is cut from the Leeds 
and Liverpool canal, near the village of Shipley, about three miles to the north of 
Bradford, and penetrates into the heart of the town, affording excellent convenience 
for the loading and unloading ot boats. There is a market on Thursday, and fairs 
on the 1 8th and igth of June, and on the gth and loth of December, for horses, 
horned cattle, pigs, etc. 

The town of Bradford has thirteen thousand and sixty-four inhabitants, occupy- 
ing two thousand four hundred and fifty-nine houses. f 

Bradford is pleasantly situated on one of the tributary streams of the river Aire, 
formerly belonging to the great family of Lacy, Earls of Lincoln, who had here a 
manor house, where previously had been a castle, the site of which is not at this 
time exactly known. Like many other manufacturing towns, Bradford, having 
espoused the cause of Parliament, in the great contest between that body and 
Charles I., was garrisoned, and maintained a siege against the royalists. Sir 
Thomas Fairfax came to the assistance of the garrison with eight hundred foot, 
and sixty horse, which brought down upon them the powerful army commanded by 
the Duke of Newcastle, who invested the town, and attempted to storm it in several 
places. Sir Thomas Fairfax made a vigorous defense. 

The parish church, which stands on the site of an edifice much more ancient, is 
a structure of pointed architecture of considerable antiquity; it was built in the 
reign of Henry VI., and, after fifteen years' labor, finished in the thirty-sixth year 
of that reign in 1458. It comprises a nave and chancel, with aisles, and a tower at 
the west end. The interior is near, and crowded with monuments and tablets ; 
among them is one to Abraham Sharpe, the celebrated mathematician, who died 
Aug. 15, 1742. The tower is of later date, and was not completed till the twenty- 
third of Henry VII. in 1508. 

The chapelry of Sowerby is very extensive, containing six thousand eight hun- 
dred and ninety inhabitants. The chapel, a neat edifice, built in 1763, is a perpet- 
ual curacy, dedicated to St. Peter, and valued in the parliamentary returns at ;^78. 
Patron, the Vicar of Halifax. The chapel has a chancel ; within it is a statue of 
Archbishop Tillotson, erected in compliance with the will of his surviving grand- 
niece, upward of thirty years ago. The archbishop was born at Haugh-end, in this 
township. At Sowerby was once a castle, the foundation of which may yet be seen 
in a field near the top of the town, adjoining to which is a piece of ground, called 
the Hell Croft, where, no doubt, the dead were buried. It is not known at what 
time it was built, but it is clear, however, that during the possessions of the Earls 
of Warren there was a castle there. 

North Ouram has six thousand eight hundred and forty-one, and South Ouram 
four thousand two hundred and fifty-six inhabitants. The hall at the former village 
is the residence of J. F. Dyson, Esq. A near chapel was built and consecrated in 
1819 at South Ouram. 

♦According to the conjectures of antiquaries the name of Bradford is derived from the ford 
at the bottom of the church brow; yet it is diflScult to imagine how a water so insignificant 
could have acquired the epithet of "broad." The term broad is, however, in Yorkshire fre- 
quently applied to rivers which have no peculiar title to that designation, and hence the river 
Aire, where it passes Leeds, is by many called the Broad Aire. 

tThe entire parish contains a population of fifty-two thousand nine hundred and fifty-four 


William, Duke of Normandy, commonly called the Conqueror, landed in Eng- 
land Sept. 29, 1066, and on Oct. 14, 1066, fought the battle of Hastings, where Har- 
old the King of England was defeated and slain. As early as the third year of 
William the Conqueror, 1068, Hubertus de la Feld held lands in the County of Lan- 
caster, near Chester, granted him for military services. From official records in the 
various counties of Gloucester, Hereford, Herts, Lancaster, Middlesex, Suffolk, 
Surry, Yorkshire, and other parts of England, the name of De la Fell, De la Feld, 
De la Felde, is found changed to Feld, Felde, Feild, Fielde and Field are found 
down to the present time. Therefore, the derivation ot the family name of Field is 
self-evident. The substantive from which it is taken is feld, or as it was written in 
old English, field, and is so written by all the old English authors. It is also found 
fheld down to 1700; this latter was probably used by those who were refugees from 
England to Holland, Wales, and Sweden, who came to America. John Horn Tooke 
in his diversions of Purley suggests that Field in old English was written Feld, 
Field land as open land, and was so used to designate land where trees had been 
felled from forest or wood land. 

In the twelfth year of Henry II., mi, John de la Feld appears as the owner ot 
land in the County of Gloucester. The estate of Robertus de la Felde or Fielde 
who appears in Parliamentary writs as early as 13 16 as one of the lords of the 
township of Hardwick, County of Gloucester, is said to have descended to the 
Fields and remained in the family tor many generations. The place is still called 
Fields Court. There are the ruins of a Castle Field on the river Calve in Glouces- 
tershire, near the town of Calve, which is said to be very ancient. The same year 
John de la Feld appears as one of the lords of Chelsham, County of Surry. In 
proof of the identity of the two families, it is ascertained that the two names are 
found in the same parts of England; for instance, in the County of Hereford, a 
county very rich in ancient names of families, frequent mention is made of the 
de la Felds and de la Feldes in the reign ot Edward II., 1280, and were common 
before the reign of Richard IV. The prefix de la was dropped by many families in 
the fourteenth century on account of the wars with France having made it unpopu- 
lar. The first without the prefix is found in Halifax and Sowerby as early as 1360, 
and about 1445 it entirely disappears. In those localities where the de la Felds 
were the most numerous between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries in the 
counties of Lancaster, Gloucester, Hereford, Herts, and others, we find the Felds or 
Fields settled between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. Sometimes the two 
names are met with in the same locality, but at different periods. The name also 
appears at a very early period without the prefix de la in Ardsley and Bradford in 
the West Riding of Yorkshire, which borders on Lancashire, migrating from west 
to east and came from the latter county. One of the earliest probate records is in 
1480, when letters of administration of the estate of "William Feld of Bradford" 
were granted April 21, 1480, to his widow Katherine. 

As the family is found seated at Horton, about two miles from Bradford, a few 
years later, it is probable that this was the residence of William Feld, and the 
description (of Bradford) refers to the parish rather than the town, as the registers 
of Bradford church only go back to 1596. Beside the branch at Horton, the Felds 
or Fields are found seated between the years 1500 and 1600 at several places within 
a radius of ten miles of Bradford, and were descendants of William Feld who died 
in 1480. They are also found at Cropton, in the parish of Stansfield and close to 
Lancashire; at Sharleston, near Wakefield; at Ardenton or Ardsley, between the 
latter place and Bradford; at Beiston, near Leeds; at Halifax and the contiguous 
parishes of Kirkheaton and Almondbury. In Lyson's "Environs of London," Vol. 
4, page 258, is found Edward Field of Marden, and afterward of Stanstead Burg 


County of Herts, Esq., died the 3d, buried the -yth June, 1676, aged 56, at Sheeps- 
hall. He married Frances, third daughter of William Pert, Esq., of Arnoldo, 
County of Essex, and widow of Charles Nodus of Sheepshall, Esq., who died Oct. 
15, 1656, aged 48; she died, buried at Sheepshall, Sept. 18, 1690, aged 80. The 
adowson of the vicarage of Stanstead Abbott in the time of Henry II. was given by 
Roger de Wancy to the Prior and Canons of Merton in the County of Surry, in 
whom it continued until their dissolution, when it came into the possession ot the 
crown, and in 1550 and 1552 was in the gift ot Lady Mary, sister of Edward VI., 
afterward Queen of England. But the next vacancy was in Edward Baesh, Esq., 
lord of the manor of Stanstead, in whose family and name it continued until it was 
sold with the manor to Edmund Field, Esq., A. D. 1676, and is at present vested in 
Wm. Henry Field, Esq., lord of that manor. Edmund Field, Esq., died in February, 
1719, aged 43, buried at Stanstead, and was a relative of John Field, the astrono- 
mer, as their coat of arms is identical. 

The name of John De la Feld occurs m 11 12, the twelfth of Henry I., as a pro- 
prietor in the counties of Lancaster (where Sir Hubertus settled) and Bucks; of 
Robert De la Feld without a date, and of John De la Feld in the thirty-eighth and 
forty-third of Henry III., 1254-59. John De la Feld witnessed two deeds in the 
same years on the marriages of his son and daughter, viz., John, and Elizabeth who 
married Norman D'Arcy. 

John, the son, espoused in 1254, the thirty-eighth of Henry III., Elizabeth Fitz- 
warine, daughter of the Lord Warden ot the marches in the north. Their children 
were John, Hubert, and Nichols. 

Elizabeth, daughter of John, married 1259, forty-third of Henry III., Norman 
D'Arcy, of Norton, in the County of Lincoln, and had Philip, afterward Lord 
D'Arcy, in Parliament in 1299; Sir John D'Arcy, a very distinguished personage, 
was justice of Ireland and was in Parliament as baron in 1332, and Robert D'Arcy, 
of Starlingburgh, Lincoln County. 

John De la Feld (John, John) married in 1289, in the fifteenth of Edward L, 
Maude, daughter and heir ot Montacute, and had two sons, Hubert and John, can- 
rvon of the abbey church at Hereford. 

Hubert De la Feld (John, John, John) married in 1318, the eleventh of Edward 
II., his cousin, the daughter and heir of Falke Fitzwarine, and had John. 

John De la Feld (J"ijin, John, John, John) married in 1350, in the twenty-third 
of Edward III, Margaret de Tyringham, and had three sons, Robert, Thomas, and 

Thomas De la Feld (John, John, John, John, John) married in 1372, the forty-fifth 
of Edward III., Elizabeth, his kinswoman, daughter of Thomas Butler, second son of 
Thomas, Earl of Ormonde, and great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth De la 
Feld, wife of Norman D'Arcy. Thomas fell soon after his marriage in the French 
wars, and leaving no issue, his estate was given to his brother Robert. 

Robert De la Feld (John, John, John, John, John) married in 1378, in the fifty- 
first of Edward III., Elinor Butler, sister of his brother's wife and co-heir with her 
of their father, Hon. Thomas Butler. By her Robert had a daughter, Anne, abbess 
ot a convent at Lancaster, and a son, Robert. 

Robert De la Feld (Robert, John, John, John, John, John) married in 141 1 in 
the twelfth of Henry IV., Alice, daughter and heiress of Sir Reginald de Grey, and 
had a son, Thomas. 

Sir Thomas De la Feld (Robert, Robert, John, John, John, John, John) wrote 
himself of Ailesbury or Ardsley, in England, and of the lordships of Fieldstone and 
Culdufife in the County of Kildare in Ireland. This, Sir Thomas married in 1438, 


in the sixteenth of Henry VI., Katherine, only daughter of Sir Thomas de Roch- 
fort, and had a son, Sir John. 

In the year 1454, in the thirty-third year of the reign of Henry VI., a John 
Field was sheriff of London. There is no question but that the present name of 
Field is a contraction of De la Feld, and in the account of Delafield of Fieldston, 
previously referred to, De la Field is indeed changed to Delafield, which shows a 
common origin with the Fields, and the name is continued to the time Burke's work 
was published in 1833. 

It is evident that Feild, Fielde, and Field is an ancient name in England, with- 
out the prefix, certainly as far back as 1392. It is said that Dr. Richard Field, a 
distinguished divine, who was chaplain to both Queen Elizabeth and James li , was 
a native of the County of Hertford, bom in 1561, about six miles from St. Albans, 
"of a family very ancient and of good repute in the countrie." He was the author 
of the "Book of the Church," a work of note in its day, and which still keeps its 
place in the literature of the Church of England, as it was re-published at Oxford in 
1843 in tour volumes, 8 vo. His biographer relates that he was born on an estate 
which had been in the family for some generations, as he used to say that out of 
the house in which he was born there had died but three housekeepers in 160 years; 
so much were his ancestors blessed with length of days. This was said while his 
father was living, and, of course, referred to his grandfather and two generations 
before him, which would carry the family back into the fourteenth century. 

In Wood's Athange, John Field or Feld is mentioned as a citizen of London, 
who figured as a zealous protestant and was a great enemy to Sir Thomas More, 
who was beheaded July 6, 1555. In Philip Morant's "History and Antiquities of 
Essex," occurs the name of another John Field, who died in 1477, who held the 
manor of Stypyll, or Stepyl Hall, and later appears in the same county one William 
Field, Esq., who married Arabella, daughter of Earl Rivers, by whom he had Rich- 
ard, an officer in the army; William of the Inner Temple, Esq., and Elizabeth, wife 
of Sir Richard Lloyd, Knight of the "Barons of the Exchequer." Walter Field, 
clerk, is set down at Provost of Ryngges College, Cambridge, in the reign of Ed- 
ward IV., about 1450. Another Walter of Radley, County of Gloucester, died in 
the reign of Richard III. These connections might be traced to any extent from 
wills proved in the Doctors Commons. The name was and still is a familiar one 
both in England and the provinces. Many of the names appear in the clergy list, 
and some have been raised to a bishopric. In a book called "Patterson's Roads" 
(eighteen edition) are designated a number of country seats belonging to gentle- 
men by the name of Field in different parts of England. John Wilmer Field, a de- 
scendant of William Feld (which see), has estates in the three Ridings of Yorkshire, 
and seats at Helmsley Lodge and Heaton Hall. To further sustain the descent of 
the Fields from the Counts De la Fell, or Feld, the visitation in the Heralds College 
show families of the name at that time entitled to wear the coat of arms, in the 
counties of Gloucester, Hertford, and Somerset, and the century before in York- 
shire. The arms of the De la Felds, or Delafields, of Maddy, County of Hereford 
(sable, three garbs argent) are the same as those borne by any branch of the Field 
family, which goes to show they are of the same origin with that of Yorkshire, ex- 
cept the arms of the latter bear a chevron which was often used as a "difference," 
i. e., to distinguish different branches of the same family. The arms are of the 
most simple character, of the most ancient ones, and were doubtless used by the 
family before grants originated. The garb or wheat sheaf is one of those plays on 
the name so frequently met with in heraldry, it being the chief production of the 
fields, and therefore a proper emblem for a family of that name. The arms are 
found with the sole difference that the chevron is "or" (gold) on a roll in the Her- 


aids College of London which is one of a collection made in 1580 and styled at that 
date "an ancient roll." The officials of the office attribute it to the reign ot Edward 
IL, about 1200. They are called the arms of Feld. 

In the sixteenth century the name is illustrated by a distinguished astronomer, 
John Field, who was the first to introduce the Copemican system into England. 
Copernicus died in 1543, leaving as a legacy to the world his great work on "The 
Revolution of the Celestial Orbs, " in which he overthrew the system of Ptolemy 
which had ruled the world for two thousand years. It embodied the labor of his 
life, and the first copy ot his work was brought to him on his death-bed. Attacking 
so boldly the general belief of mankind, the new system made its way very slowly 
among the scientific men of Europe, and is proof at once of the clearness of mind 
of this English mathematician and of his intellectual intrepidity, that he so quickly 
saw its truth and at once stood forth in its defense. In the year 1556, thirteen 
years after the death of Copernicus, John Field published the first astronomical 
tables that ever appeared m England, calculated on the basis of the new discover- 
ies, and thus made the true system of the universe familiar to the dawning science 
of Great Britain. In the Gentleman's Magazine for May, 1834, first part, page 491, 
is a biographical sketch of this eminent man, who is styled the Proto Copernican of 
England, by the Rev. Joseph Hunter, keeper of one of the record offices, and a well 
known antiquarian of London. It was in recognition of this great service that he 
received a patent which was confirmed in the Archers Court of Heraldry, Sept. 4, 
1558, in the fifth to sixth of Philip and Mary, to wear the family arms, also at the 
same time in addition, the following crest was granted him, which, in the language 
of Heraldry, would be a dexter arm issuing out of clouds proper fessways, habited 
gules holding an armillary sphere by its axis. The Heralds visitation of Yorkshire 
in 1584-5 records the name of himself, wife, and children. His biographer, speaking 
of the addition, says there was meaning if not poetry in this; a red right arm issu- 
ing from the clouds and presenting a golden sphere, intimating the splendor of the 
Copemican discovery, a light from the heavens above. 

In March, 1653, Edmund Field of Weston, Herts, of a family long seated in 
that county, obtained a grant of the same arms, except that the chevron was en- 
grailed. The date of John Field's marriage is not known. He probably married 
about 1560, Jane, daughter of John Amyas, Esq., of Kent County, England. From 
the time of his marriage to 1584, Hunter in his sketch says, "Little if anything was 
heard of him," but in 1584-5, he answered the summons of the Heralds who visited 
the County ot York in those years, when he gave an account of his right to arms 
and crest, of his marriage and of his issue, which were eight sons and one daughter, 
and his residence at Ardsley, or Ardslow, a village ot the Wapentake of Morley, 
situated about four miles north of the town ot Wakefield on the public road to 
Bradford. He died in 1587, for his will is dated Dec. 28, 1586, and probated May 3, 
1587. In his will he describes himself thus: "John Field of Ardslow, former some- 
tymes studente in the mathematical sciences." His biographer says: "The ap- 
pointments respecting his property show that he was a man of substance and of a 
generous and liberal mind. To his wife he gave all his interest in the farmhold 
and a corn mill appurtenant thereto. He was not without his trials, for to his eldest 
son whom he describes as his 'disloyal and loose-lived son Richard,' he gave one 
silver spoon in full payment and satisfaction ot his child's part, and if not satisfied 
with it that he lose the benefit of it. To his two sons, James and Martin Field, he 
gave "all his plate and jewels of gold and silver." The rest and residue of his 
estate he gave to his eight youngest children to be equally divided between them. 
He gave in his will a penny-dole to 500 poor folks, and a dming to all bis poor 
neighbors. Referring back to the early authentic records in England to William 


Feld of Bradtord, whose will is dated in 1480, and letters of administration granted 
to his widow, Kalherine, April 21, 1480; he left two sons whose names 1 have not 
been able to ascertain. Richard Felde, grandson of William and Katherine, ot 
East Ardsley, whose will is dated 19th of August, and proved Dec. 9, 1542, his 
widow, Elizabeth, co-executor with his son John and brother Thomas, supervisor. 
There is no mention of any other children in his will, but his son John the Astron- 
omer, who was born about 1520. 

The will ot Jane, widow ot John Field, is dated July 17, 1609, and she was bur- 
ied at East Ardsley, Aug. 3, 1609. They had nine children — Richard, born in 1562; 
Matthew, born in 1563; Christopher, born in 1565; John, born in 1568; William, 
born in 1570; Thomas, born in 1572; James, born in 1574; Martin, born in 1577; 
Ann, born in 1580. The oldest. Richard, was disinherited by his father. Matthew, 
lord of the manor of Thumscoe, named in his mother's will, died June 2, 1631. 
Letters ot administration granted to his son, Matthew, Aug. 4, 1631. Christopher 
not named in his mother's will. John not named in his mother's will. William ot 
Thumscoe. executor of his mother's will. Thomas named in his mother's will, in 
which she calls him her third son. James, Martin, or Ann are not named in their 
mother's will. By their not being named, Mr. Osgood Field thinks they were not 
living, which is a matter of doubt, as they may have espoused the Puritan cause 
and left England. Ffosi [papers belonging to the late RJr. Richard Field of Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., who died Nov. 23, 1875. now in the possession of his son, Mr. Charles 
M. Field, ot Brooklyn, say that Matbew Field, sqn of John and Jane (Am} as), had 
a son, James, born in 1587, who had a son, Robert, born in 1610, who emigrated in 
1636, to Boston, and in 1645 to Flushing, L. I. They also have a tradition in their 
families that Zechariah was related to Robert, but not so near as first cousin, but 
that they were descended from the same stock within a few generations he had no 
doubt. From various sources and from a tradition handed down in the different 
tamilies, that Zechariah Field had two brothers, who came over with him or a few 
years later. I find Darby Field, who was a refugee and escaped from England to 
Sweden, and came from there to Boston in 1636, and in 1638 removed to Exeter, 
N. H., in 1648, to Dover, N. H., where he died in 1649. The probability is that the 
other brother was Richard or Henry, as both of those came over in 1635, and one of 
them settled in Virginia, and was probably an adherent of the Church ot England. 
The Virginia families say their ancestor had a brother who settled in Massachu- 
setts. William and John Field came to Boston in the ship Lion, which sailed about 
the middle of August, 1631, and arrived in Boston, Nov. 4, 1631. They settled in 
1638 in Providence, R. I. There has also been a tradition handed down in the fam- 
ilies of Zechariah Field that his brothers had to leave England on account ot polit- 
ical and religious troubles, and lost their property by confiscation, which may ac- 
count for John Field disinheriting his son Richard, and the others not being named 
in their mother's will and leaving her property to her sons Mathew and William, 
and apparently none to any of the others. The theory ot Mr. Osgood Field may be 
incorrect in thinking Christopher, John, and Ann were not living at the date of their 
mother's will, because of their not being mentioned in it. Those were troublous 
times in England when households were divided by strong political and religious 
feuds, and it is not improbable that they might have fled to Holland, Sweden, or 
Wales. In Shakespeare's comedies is found a Nathaniel or Nat. Field, as he was 
usually called, son of a Puritan preacher, born in London in 1587. His name first 
appears in our dramatic literature as one ot the children ot Queens Chapel. In 
1607 he played in Bussy De Ambois, in George Chapman's tragedy of that name. 
He attained great eminence in his profession. He was not only an actor, but an 
author, and a recognized wit. One ot his jokes was: A nobleman connected with 


him, but whose branch ot the family spelled their name Feild. asked him how this 
difference in spelling the name came about. "1 do not know," said Nat, "unless it 
was because my branch ot the family was the first that learned to spell." He was 
a fellow ot Dulwich College, where a portrait of him still exists, which shows him to 
have been a f?ne-looking man. 

In 161Q the name of Field occurs as the seventh in a patent granted by King 
James II. There was a Francis Field, rector of Middleton Stoney, County ot Ox- 
ford. In his will, dated Oct. 14, 1616, he bequeaths a legacy toward bringing up 
"Francis, son of brother Zachary Field, deceased." Apparently, the testator had 
no children, as none are named in the will. He names his wife Frances, his father 
Henry Field, the elder of Barkhamstead, County Hertford, his mother Margaret, 
his brother Henry, and William Silmett, son ot his sister, and Robert G., ot St. 
Albans. The will of Henry Field, Sr., is dated Aug. lo, 1620, in which he describes 
himself of Barkhampstead, manufacturer of cloth ; he appoints his wife Margaret 
and son Henry executors, and names his son-in-law Robert Silmett. 

There was a numerous family ot Fields seated in Hertfordshire from an early 
date, and in the neighborhood ot St. Albans. Mr. William Field descended 
through his grandson William (cousin of John), through his son William, and his son 
Robert baptized at Halifax March 9, 1605-6, who is named in his father's and moth- 
er's wills, and it is claimed this Robert Field is the same person that is found at 
Newport, R. I., Aug. 23, 1638; that is found in Flushing, L. I., in 1645, which does 
not agree with Mr. Josiah Field's records, or those of the late Mr. Richard Field, 
whose account ot the Flushing family he says has many inaccuracies, but does not 
point them out. If he is not descended from John Field, the astronorner, what 
right has he to use the crest granted him in 1558 ot a sphere, in addition to his 
family coat ot arms? 


IN the subsidy roll of 6th Henry VIII. (1514-15), John Feyld is assessed under the 
head of Sharleston, a place in the parish of Warnfield. two or three miles south- 
east of Wakefield. Among the wills at York is that of this same person, "John 
Feld, of Sharleston," dated June 28th, 1522, in which he desires "my bodie to be 
beried in the chirche garthe of Warmfeld." and names in it his sons, Henry, 
Lionell, and "Umfray," and his brother, Henry Feld. Among the witnesses are 
Richard Feld and "John Jobe (or Jube), senior." It was proved July 8th of the 
same year. In the subsidy roll of 15th Henry VIII. (1523-24), Humfrey Feyld, 
Robert Feyld, and Richard Feyld are assessed under the head of "Sharleston." 
On April 18, 158B, Robert Field, "of Sharleston in the parish of Warmfeld," made 
his will, in which he mentions his wife Margaret, Sister Janet, and daughters Eliza- 
beth, Agnes, Dorothy, Anne, and Jane. The will of "Robert Feld ofCroston* 
(Cross-stone) in the parish of Stansfield, husbandman," is dated May 7, 1525. He 
divides his property among his children, whom he does not name. He mentions 
his brother, i. e,, brother-in-law, John Job, or Jub. It is witnessed by Brian Feld 
and Robert Feld, and was proved by his widow, Joan, and Thomas Feld, chaplain. 
The occurrence of the name of John Job, or Jub, in this last will, and in that of 
John Feld of Sharleston, would seem to indicate a relationship between the testa- 
tors, although the parishes of Stansfield and Warmfield are as far apart as any ot 
the places named where the Fields were seated in the fifteenth and sixteenth cen- 
turies. The author would mention that the name "Jubbe" occurs in the visitation 
of Yorkshire of 1563-64. In 1604 John Field, of Cross-stone, husbandman, names in 
his will his son Edmund, and daughters Frances Bourke, Jesabel, Anne, Susan, and 

We find in the parish registers of Halifax, the burials of Richard Feylde in 
1540, Elizabeth Feyld in 1547, and of Edward Feld in 1551, all of that town. The 
will of another Richard Field of Halifax, dated December 8, 1557, and proved 
22nd ot same month, names his wife Ellen, and children Christopher, Robert, and 
Elizabeth ; also a child unborn. The Halifax registers record the baptisms of 
Robert in 1552, Elizabeth in 1555, and Richard in 1558, all described as children of 
"Richard Feld," of Halifax. 

In 1555 the marriage of Gilbert Feld and Isabella Harpur is recorded, and in the 
baptismal entries of their children, as below, he is described as of Halifax, viz., in 
1556, "Sibil," 1557, Annis, 1560, Gilbert, and 1564, Johanna. Probably this last 
Gilbert is the person of that name mentioned in the Wakefield rolls in 1583 and 
1592. In 1584 Frances, daughter ot Richard Feld of Halifax, was baptized, and in 
1630 "Jonas, son of John Field, of Halifax," buried. 

In the Wakefield Manor rolls, under Alverthorpe, there is mention of land 
there in possession of John Feld in 1532 and of Roger Feild in 1607. 1° 1610 
Roger and William Feild were tenants there, and in the following j^ear ' ' Roger 
Feild de Wakefield, chapman," took of the waste at Alverthorpe. 

He is doubtless the Riger Feeld, against whom, in conjunction with Robert 
Smythe, a certain Leonard Foster brought an action, March 20, 1559-60, as appears 
by the Duchy of Lancaster Pleadings ; wishing to have these two removed from the 

• Crosstone, near Todmorden, and about half a dozen miles west of Halifax. 



custody of the daughters and lands of Roger Pollard, of Wakefield, deceased, on the 
ground that they were the next heirs, Feeld and Smythe reply that they are acting 
under Pollard's will, and that they are not the next heirs. In 1617 Roger Feild de 
Wakefield and Grace, his wife, are referred to under Alverthorpe, as ceding lands 
to John Maude, gent., of Wakefield, and in 1622 this Roger's lands there are 
spoken of. 

Among the wills at York is that ot Henry Feilde, "of Lexton, in the parish of 
Kirkheaton." He names his wife Isabel, his son-in-law John Beaumonte, and his 
"sister Thomas Naler's wife. " It is dated February 28, 1577-78, and was proved 
in the same year. His widow, Isabel, made hers on June 10, 1583, and it was 
proved August 2nd of same year. She bequeaths all to her daughter Rosamond 

William Feild of Newsome, in the parish of Almondbury, made his will Novem- 
ber I, 161 7. He mentions in it his sons William and George and daughter Rosa- 
mond, wife of Godfrey Kay,* also his grandson William, whose father was of same 

It will be noticed that Henry and Isabel Feilde had a daughter Rosamond 
named in the will of latter in 1583 ; and as we find that William of Newsome had also 
a daughter Rosamond, we may infer that the families were nearly related, more 
especially as they were residing in the same neighborhood. 

There are a few other notices of Fields in or near Wakefield Manor but the 
names mostly occur singly and possess no special interest. 

* Some members of the ancient family of Key, or Kay, of Woodsome Hall, Almondbury, 
have claimed descent from Sir Kay, the knight of King Arthur's Round Table. 


JANE FIELD, or Fylde, as the parish records have it, was born in Horsmonden 
England, about 1585. She was married there to Henry Sharpe, Sept. 24, 1610. 
Their daughter Mary was baptized there Oct. 16, 1614. She was united in marriage 
in England to Major Simon Willard, who was a native of Horsmonden, where he 
was born in 1605. They came to America in 1634, and settled in Concord, where he 
was one of the most prominent men in the Colony, Major of the Provincial militia, 
and held the most important ofl&ces which he discharged with^ great ability. He 

was married three times and had seventeen children by his first wife, nine sons and 

eight daughters ; all were married and left issue as follows : 

1. MARY, b.4n England; m. 1649, Joshua Edmunds; shed, before 1653; 

he m. again, had issue, and died Nov. 5, 1683. 

2. ELIZABETH, b. in England; d. in infancy. 

3. ELIZABETH, m. April 8, 1653, Robert Blood, of Concord; she d. Aug. 

29, 1690; he m. again and d. Oct. 27, 1701. 

4. DOROTHY, d. in infancy. 

5. JOSIAH, b. in Massachusetts; m. Hannah Hosmer, March 20, 1657; he d. 

July, 1674. Res. Hartford and Wethersfield, Conn. 

6. SAMUEL, b. Concord, Jan. 31. 1639; gr. Harvard, 1659; m. Abigail Sher- 

man, dau. of Rev. John and Mary Launce, Aug. 8, 1664, and 2nd, in. 
1679, Eunice Tyng. She survived her husband and d. Jan. 14, 1720. 
He first settled at Groton and remained there until driven out by the 
Indians in King Philip's war in 1676. Was installed pastor of the old 
South Church m Boston, Sept. 12, 1707. He was also president of Har- 
vard College with the title of vice-president. 

7. SARAH, b. Concord, Jan. 27, 1642; m. July 2, 1666, Nathaniel Howard of 

Chelmsford. She d. in Charlestown, Jan. 22, 1677. He m. second, 1678, 
Sarah Parker. 

8. ABOVEHOPE, b. Oct. 30, 1646; d. unm. Dec. 3, 1663. 

9. SIMON, b. Nov. 23, 1649; m. 1679, Martha Jacob. Resided in Salem 

where he was deacon of the First Church ; was marshal of Essex Co. ; in 
June, 1689, was commander of a military company, in the expedition 
against the Eastern Indians, 1689-90; m. 2nd, July 25, 1722, Priscilla But- 
tolph; he d. June 23, 1731. 

10. MARY, b. Sept. 7, 1653; m. Jan. 22, 1671-2, Cyprian Stevens of Lancaster. 

11. HENRY, b. Jan. 4, 1655; m. July 16, 1674, Mary Lakin; m. 2nd, 1689, Dor- 

cas Cutler. Res. Groton and Lancaster. 

12. JOHN, b. Feb. 12. 1656; m. Oct. 31, 1698, Mary Hayward. Res. Concord, 

where he d. Aug. 27, 1726. 

13. DANIEL, b. Dec. 29, 1658; m. Dec. 6, 1683, Hannah Cutler; b. 1660; d. 

Feb. 22, 1690; m. 2nd, Jan. 4, 1692, Mary Mills. Res. Sudbury, Charles- 
ton, Braintree, and Boston, at which latter place he was jailer. He d. 
Aug. 23, 1708. 

14. JOSEPH, b. Jan. 4, 1660 ; m. ; res. London ; was a sea captain in the London 

trade; he d. before 1721. 



15. BENJAMIN, b. 1665; m. Sarah Lakin. Res. Groton and Hassanamisco, 

later incorporated as Grafton. See History of Grafton, by Fred'k C. 

16. HANNAH, b. Oct. 6, 1666; m. May 23, 1693, Capt. Thomas Brintnall, of 


17. JONATHAN, b. Dec. 14, 1669; m. Jan. 8, 1690, Mary Browne. Res. Rox- 

bury and Sudbury; and d. 1706. 


ABOUT eight miles northeast of Halifax, and six miles from North Ouram, is 
the flourishing and populous town of Bradford. A branch of the Fields was 
residing in its environs in the earlier part of the fifteenth century. The author has 
not made as thorough search into the history of this branch as in the case of that 
residing in Wakefield Manor, and further investigations may bring new facts to 
light concerning it. The parish registers of Bradford do not commence till 1596, 
and therefore afford no very early information of the family. From the time of 
Edward Feild of Horton, 1595, and his five brothers and same number of sisters, 
down to the birth of the two daughters of John Wilmer Feild (which see), he has 
followed the pedigree recorded in the College of Arms, London, where proofs of its 
authenticity would have been required before entering it. 



REV. JOHN FIELD, M. A. (Thomas of Richmond, Yorkshire), b. Richmond, 
Yorkshire, England, in 1789; m. in Harpole, Northampton, England, 1818, 
Louisa Bonoquet; b. 1798; d. in 1835. in Braybrooke, England. He was Rector of 
Braybrooke. He d. March, 1867. Res. Braybrooke, England. 

i. JAMES WILLIAM, M. A., Rector of Braybrooke, Northamptonshire. 

ii. THOMAS, M. A., Rector of Bigby, Lincolnshire, Canon and Prebend of 

Lincoln Cathedral, Public Orator of Cambridge University. Civil 

Service Examiner, Justice of the Peace for Lincolnshire, Fellow and 

Orator of St. John's, Cambridge. 

iii. JOHN BONOQUET, b. Nov. 20, 1819; m. Cecilia Mostyn and Charlotte 

Eliza Lenard. 
iv. GEORGE THOMAS, Royal Artillery, Lieutenant General, served 
through Siege of Sebastapol, D. A. Q. M. G. of R. A. in Crimea -on 
the staff ; Commandt. R. Academy and Superintendent R. Arsenal in 
V. MARY, b. 1824; m. Rev. William Hughes, M. A., Rector of Kislingbury, 

Northampton. Res. 12 Frederick Place, Clifton, England. 
CAPT. JOHN BONOQUET FIELD, R. N. (John, Thomas), b. Wootton Hall, 
Northamptonshire, England, Nov. 20, 1819; m. in .Malta, Jan., 1849, Cecilia Mos- 
tyn; b. Sterling Castle, Scotland, Mar., 1828; d. Lymington, Hants, England, Jan. 
4, 1867; m. 2nd, Charlotte Eliza Lenard. Captain Field's life was that of an ordi- 
nary naval officer who did his duty in all seas for thirty-five years ; became a cap- 
tain and died worn out and broken down and crippled from exposure and hard work, 
chiefly from the effects of the Russian War and slave cruising on the coast of 
Africa. He was Senior Executive officer of H. M. S. "Cossack" throughout the 
Russian War. He was wounded in boardmg a slaver and saw much hard service. 
He d. Jan. 10, 1869. Res. Lymington, England. 

1. JOHN GEORGE MOSTYN, b. Oct. 11, 1849; m. Sarah Louisa Har- 
ii. ARTHUR MOSTYN, b, Jan. 27, 1855; m. Laura Mary Hale, 
iii. MARY LOUISA, b. Dec. 11, 1852; m. Dec, 1874, Lieut. George A. Grant, 
R. N. ; she d. June 20. 1887, leavmg 5 ch., at Clifton, Bristol, England. 
CAPT. JOHN GEORGE MOSTYN FIELD (John B., John. Thomas), b. 
Malta. Oct. 11, 1849; m. Dec. 27. 1877, at Harrow, England, Sarah Louisa Harrison, 
of Oxendon. Northamptonshire; b. May 20, 1858. Captain Field has been at sea all 
his life and eight years ago also became a Post Captain. Dates are : Joined H. M. 
service, June 10, 1863; became midshipman, Sept., 1864; Sub-Lieut., March 29, 1869; 
Lieutenant, April, 1873; Commander, June, 188S; Captain, 1895; served on Foreign 
Intelligence Committee (now called Intelligence Department) during Russian War 
scare in 1885, being the first naval officer called in to start it under its head Cap- 
tain Hall, R. N. ; was Cruising Lieutenant of H. M. S. Sultan at Alexandria, and 
through the Egyptian War of 1882, being part of the time with the naval brigade on 
the staff. Second Lieutenant ot H. M. S. "Sultan" in the Channel and Mediter- 
ranean Fleet, 1883 to 1885. Foreign Intelligence Committee, 1885-6. Second 
Lieutenant H. M. S. Opal Thalia in Australia, 1886-88. Commander Devonport, 
18B8-1892. Commanded H. M. Cruiser "Scout" in Mediterranean Stations, 1892 to 
1895. Commanded H. M. Cruiser "Andromache" at the Spithead Jubilee, Russia, 



1897, and received Jubilee medal from Queen's Secretary of Education Committee 
at Admiralty, 1897 to 1S98, also Captain and Vice-President of R. N. College, 
Greenwich, 1898. Commanding H. M. S. Marathon (cruiser), an East India Station, 
from June, 1898; and is at present Senior Naval Officer of the Order Division. 
He was mentioned in dispatches for Alexandria, and was recommended for the 
Albert medal for saving life in Aug., 1881. Was 1900 on H. M. S. "Marathon." 

i. HENRY MOSTYN, b. Sept. 20, 1879; d. June, 1883. 

ii. KENNETT ALEXANDER PERROTT, b. Aug., 1882; now, 1900, at 
St. Helen's College, South Sea, Hants. 

CAPT. ARTHUR MOSTYN FIELD (John B., John, Thomas), b. Braybrooke, 
Northamptonshire, England, June 27, 1855; m. Feb. 5, 1894, Laura May Hale ; b. 
Aug. 17, 1865. He joined H. M. Navy in 1869, and has been employed in the survey- 
ing branch ot the Navy, commanding Greenwich Line, 1885, H. M. Ships Dart, 
Egem, Perquin, and Research. Then he was specially promoted to Lieutenant in 
1875 for meritorious examinations, and received the Beaufort Testamonial for that 
year. Promoted Commander, 1889, and Captain, 1895, and a Fellow of Royal 
Astronomical Society and Fellow Royal Geographical Society. Res. Bronteville, 
Southsea, England. 

i. MARIE LAURA, b. June 21, 1895; d. Jan. 9, 1899. 

ii. CECILIA MOSTYN, b. Sept. 28, 1896. 

iii. THOMAS MOSTYN, b. Feb. 19, 1900. 


RICHARD FIELD (A. 15 79- 1624), printer and stationer, was the son of "Henry 
Feilde of Stratford uppon Avon, in the countye of Warwick, tanner" (Arber, 
Transcript, ii.93), whose goods and chattels John Shakespeare, the father of the 
poet, was employed with two others to value on 21 Aug., 1592 (Shakespeare, ed. 
J. P. Collier, 1858, i. 112-15). Field was apprenticed to George Bishop, stationer 
and printer, for seven years from 29 Sept., 1579. The first six years were to be 
served with Thomas VautroUier, and the seventh with Bishop (Transcript ii. 93). 
The term of apprenticeship expired in 1586. He was made free of the Stationers' 
Company on 6 Feb., 1586-7, and in 1588 married, says Ames, "Jakin (Jacqueline), the 
daughter of VautroUier," whom he succeeded "in his house m the Black Friars, near 
Ludgate," using the same devices and sometimes printing the same copies. Collier 
quotes the marriage register as "R. Field to Jacklin Vautrillian," 12 Jan., 1588 



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(Memoirs of Actors in Shakespeare's Plavs, 1846, p. 223). It is stated, however, in 
a list of master printers included in the "Stationer's Registers" (Transcript, iii. 702), 
that Field married the widow of VautroUier and succeeded him in 1590. He took 
his first apprentice on 3 Nov., 1589, followed by others, among them his younger 
brother, Jasper. The first entry to him in the "Registers" is for ''a booke in French, 
intitled: 'Le politique reforme' " (sic) (ib. ii. 511), on 24 Dec, 1588, of which he also 
issued an English translation. In 1589 he printed Puttenhams "Arte of English 
Poesie" and a handsome edition in a "neat brevier Italic", of "P. Ovidii Nasonis 
Metamorphoseon libri xv. " "impensis Johannis Harrisoni," a bookseller with whom 
he had many subsequent transactions. He was fined los. on 12 May for printing a 
book contrary to order, and on 3 Nov., 1589 for keeping an apprentice unpresented 



(ib. ii. 860-1). Sole license for the first edition of Harrington's translations of "Orlando 
Furioso" was granted to him on 6 Feb., 1592 (Cal. State Papers, Eliz. 1591-4. p. 179). 
In 1895 he produced his fine edition of North's "Plutarch," reprinted by him in 1603 
and 1610-13. He came on the livery of the Stationers' Company on i July, 1598. 
From an entry in the ' 'Register" on 4 June, 1599 he seems to have been at that time 
among the unprivileged printers (Transcript iii. 678). He was chosen renter on 26 
March. 1604, and on 17 June, 1605 paid 40 pounds instead of serving the office. On 
II June, 1604, he was called to be assistant (ib. ii. 837, 840, iv. 29). He was several 
times warden and master in 1620. Two presses were worked by him on 9 May, 161 5 
(ib. iii. 699). 

The last book known to bear his imprint is Camden's "Annales, traduites en 
langue francoise par P. de Bellegent," 1624, 4to. On some Spanish books his name 
appears as Ricardo del Campo. During thirty-six years Field printed many impor- 
tant books, but he is chiefly interesting as the fellow-townsman and most probably 
the personal friend of Shakespeare. He was the printer of the first (i593). the 
second (1594), and the third (1596) editions of Shakespeare's "Venus and Adonis," as 
well as of the first (1594) edition of his ''Lucrece," all for John Harrison. Not one 
of his quarto plays, however, came from Field's press. "In the production of 
'Venus and Adonis,'" says Mr. Halliwell-Phillips, "it is only reasonable to infer 
that the author had a control over the typographical arrangements. The purity of 
the text and the nature of the dedication may be thought to strengthen 1 his opinion, 
and, although poems were not then generally introduced to the public in the same 
glowing terms usually accorded to dramatic pieces, the singularly brief and 
anonymous title-page does not bear the appearance of a publisher's handi- 
work" (Outlines of Life of Shakespeare, 7th ed. 1887, i. 101-4). Mr. Blades 
suggests that when Shakespeare first came to London he visited his friend Field 
and was introduced to VautroUier, in whose employment as press reader or shopman 
he may have acquired that practical knowledge of the art ot printing shown in his 
writings (Shakespeare and Typography, 1872, p. 26, etc). Collier was unable to 
trace ' 'any relationship between Nathan Field, the actor, and Richard Field, the 
printer, but they were neighbors, living in the same liberty of the Black Friars" 
(Memoirs of Actors, 1S46, p. 223). 

RICHARD FIELD, D. D. (i5bi-i6ib), divine, was born Oct. 15, 1561, at Hemel 
Hempstead in Hertfordshire, of an old and reputable family. "His ancestors," says 
his son and biographer, "were blessed with length ot days." The estate which he 
inherited from his father and grandfather had been in the hands ot only three 
owners in 160 years. He was educated at Berkhamstead School, and matriculated 
at the age of sixteen (1577) as of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he remained till 
he took his B. A. degree, 18 Nov., 1581, when he removed to Magdalen Hall. Here 
he took his master's degree, 2 June, 1584, and was appointed to the "Catechism 
Lecture," which, though in reality a private lecture for that house, was made by 
him so interesting that it drew hearers from the whole university, among whom, it 
is said, was Dr. Rainolds (or Reynolds), the well-known president ot Corpus Christi 
College. He was now famous for his knowledge of school divinity, and esteemed 
one of the best disputants in the university. His father, it would appear, had at 
this time provided a match tor him as his eldest son, but his not taking orders was 
made an indispensable condition ; upon which he returned to Oxford, and after a 
residence of seven years, till he took his degree of B. D. 14 Jan., 1592, he was made 
divinity reader in Winchester Cathedral. He appears then to have left Oxford, 
but his character as an indefatigable student lived in the University long after his 
departure, and "Dr. Field's rooms" were shown as an object of interest. In 1594 
he was chosen divinity lecturer to the Hon. Society of Lincoln's Inn, and soon 


after presented by Mr. Richard Kingsmill, a ben her of the Inn, to the rectory 
of Burghclere, Hampshire. Mr. Kingsmill resided at Highclere, close by, and 
brother. Sir William Kingsmill, at Sydmonton Court, not far off, and both families 
were constant attendants at Burghclere church. Field was offered the more valuable 
living of St. Andrew's, Holborn, which he declined, preferring the leisure and 
quiet of Burghclere, where he passed the greater part of his time till his death. On 
9 April, 1594 he married Elizabeth, daughter of the Reverend Richard Harris, 
sometime fellow of New College and rector of Hardwick, Buckinghamshire. On 
7 Dec. 1596 he proceeded to the degree of D. D., being at that time of Queen's 
College and described as "sometimes of Magdalen Hall." In September, 1598 he 
received a letter from Lord Hunsdon, dated "from the court at Greenwich," desiring 
him to come and preach before the queen (Elizabeth) on the 23rd of that month a 
probationary sermon, upon which he was appointed one of her majesty's chaplains 
in ordinary, and received a grant of the next vacant prebend at Windsor. This 
grant is dated 30 March, 1602, and he succeeded to the vacancy and was installed 3 
Aug., 1604. He was joined in a special commission with William, marquis of 
Winchester, Thomas Bilson, bishop of Winton and others, for ecclesiastical causes 
within the diocese of Winchester, and in another to exercise all spiritual jurisdic- 
tion in the said diocese with Whitgift, archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas, bishop 
of Winton, and others, by James I., 1603, to whom he was also chaplain, and by 
whom he was sent to the Hampton Court conference, 14 Jan., 1603. 

When King James came to Oxford in 1605, Field was sent for to take part in 
the Divinity Act. Sir Nathaniel Brunt, then one of the proctors, and afterward 
vicar-general and warden of Merton, declared that the disputation between Doctors 
Field and Aglionby before the king, on the question "Whether saints and angels 
know the hearts of men," was the best he ever heard. In 1610 he was made dean 
of Gloucester, but never resided much, preaching rarely above four or five times a 
year, but always commanding a great audience. He chiefly resided at Burghclere 
and Windsor, and when in residence in the cloisters at the latter place during the 
winter months his house was the resort of many eminent men, who came to enjoy 
his learned conversation. He was on intimate terms with Sir Henry Saville.the 
provost of Eton, and Sir Henry Nevill, who had been Queen Elizabeth's ambas- 
sador to France, and lived near to Windsor. He often preached before the king 
who, upon the first occasion that he heard him, exclaimed, "Is his name Field? 
This is a field for God to dwell in." Similarly Fuller, years afterward, styled 
him "that learned divine, whose memory smelleth like a field which the Lord hath 
blessed." The king took singular pleasure in discussing with him nice and curious 
points of divinity, and had designed to send him to Germany to compose the differ- 
ences between the Lutherans and Calvinists, but for some reason not known the 
project was dropped. His majesty also wished to bestow on him the bishopric of 
Salisbury, but it seems the solicitations of his courtiers were powerful enough to 
procure it for another person. It is certain, however, from a letter from Sir George 
Villiers, afterward Duke of Buckingham, dated "from the court at Wansted 11 July, 
ibi6" that the revision of the see of Oxford, upon its next avoidance, was proposed 
to him. Bishop Hall who became dean of Worcester the month after Field's death 
mentions that that deanery was designed for him, and laments that so learned a 
man did not live to fill it. On 14 Oct., 1614 he lost his wife, who left him six sons 
and a daughter. "He continued a widower about two years, when he was per- 
suaded by his friends to marry again, and they recommended to him, for a religious, 
wise, understanding woman, the widow of Dr. John Spencer, some time president 
of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, of whose birth and education Mr. Izaak Walton 
gives us a very good character in the life of Mr. Hooker." Doctor Spencer's widow 


was Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Cranmer, the archbishop's nephew, and Izaak 
Walton's aunt. Field, however, survived his second marriage a little more than a 
month. On 15 Nov., 1616 he was seized with a fit of apoplexy and suddenly carried 
off. He was buried in the outer chapel of St. George's, Windsor, below the choir. 
A black marble slab with his figure in brass, was laid over his grave, and an inscrip- 
tion, also in brass, recording his death and that of his first wife, Elizabeth Harris. 
His great work was first published in 1606." The title is "Of the Church Five 
Books, by Richard Field, Doctor of Divinity; at London imprinted by Humfrey 
Lownes for Simon Waterson, 1606." This is a 4th volume. There are in reality 
only four books. In ibio was printed "Tne Fifth Book of the Church, together 
with an appendix contaming a defense of such passages of the former books that 
have been excepted against, or wrested to the maintenance of Romish errors, by 
Richard Field. Doctor of Divinity, London, printed by Nicholas Okes for Simon 
Waterson," ibio, 4to. It has been discovered that there was another impression of 
the volume of 1606, in which the errata were corrected. Both have the same date 
and the same number of pages, but no two pages in the two books agree in all par- 
ticulars, and Lowne's name does not appear in the title of the second impression. 
These are Field's own editions, and are dedicated to the Archbishop of Canterbury 
(Bancroft). A second edition of the whole ' Of the Church Five Books, by Richard 
Field, D. D., and sometimes Dean of Gloucester. The second edition, very much 
enlarged in the third book, and the appendix to the same; at Oxford imprinted by 
William Turner, printer to the famous University, 1628." folio, was edited by 
Nathaniel Field, the author's son, and dedicated to William ViUiers, Duke of Buck- 
ingham. This edition is charged by the Scots in their "Canterburian's Self-convic- 
tion," 1641, 4 to, with additions made by Archbishop Laud. The third edition was 
printed "by William Turner, printer to the famous Universitie, 1635," folio. Modern 
editions are those by the Ecclesiastical History Society, Cambridge, 1847-52, 4 
vols. 8vo, reissued with new title, London, 1853, and an edition edited by the Rev. 
J. S. Brewer, London, 1843, of which the first volume only was published. It 
is needless to speak of a work which has long taken its stand by the 
side of Hooker among the grandest monuments of polemical divinity in the 
language. Anthony Wood's description of Field's personal character, his vast 
learning and astonishing memory, his peaceable disposition and amiable qualities, 
will be found in the "Athenai." It is well known tdat Field and Hooker were on 
terms of the greatest friendship, which was probably brought about by Doctor 
Spencer, their common friend, for Hooker was older than Field by eight years, and 
had left the University before Field came there. Di-. Spencer was the dear friend 
and fellow-pupil of Hooker, and edited his works. 

In 1604 Field published a sermon on St. Jude v. 3, preached before the king at 
Windsor, and shortly before his death had written a great part of a work entitled 
"A View of the Controversies in Religion, which in these last times have caused the 
Lamentable Divisions in the Christian World." This was never completed but the 
preface is printed in his "Life," by his son, Nathaniel Field, Rector of Stourton, 
Wiltshire, and published by John Le Neve, author ot the "Fasti Ecclesia Angli- 
canae," in 1716. From a copy ot this life, interleaved with manuscript additions 
from the author's rough draft by the editor (Le Neve), and some notes by Bishop 
White Kennett (which copy is now in the British Museum), Gough drew up "The 
Life of Field," which was printed in vol. vi. pt. i. ot the new edition of the "Bio- 
graphia Britannica." Of that volume a manuscript note in the Bodleain copy says, 
"Of this part I know ot but one copy existing." Chalmers, in his "Biographical 
Dictionary," transcribed the article. 

We have little to add but that King James, with his own hand, inserted Field's 


name as one of the tellows of Chelsea College, and on hearing of his death, ex- 
pressed his regret in the words, "I should have done more for that man." Of Field's 
sons, Nathaniel was prebendary ot Chichester and rector ot Stourton. Richard 
was M. D. and died single, and was buried in St. Bride's Church, 1696. Giles died 
in 1629, aged 21, and is buried in New College Chapel. 

GEORGE FIELD (i777?-i854), chemist, was born in or about 1777 at Barkham- 
stead, Hertfordshire, of a family long settled in that town, and was educated at St. 
Peter's school there. When about eighteen years of age he came to London to seek 
a profession. He thought he saw an opening in the careful application of chemistry 
to pigments and dyes. War on the continent, by stopping the supply of madder 
from Holland, threatened to impede his progress. This obstacle, however, led him 
to consider the nature of its cultivation, and with a well-devised project he waited 
on Sir Joseph Banks tor his advice, and, as he hoped, his co-operation. Sir Joseph 
after unsuccessfully attempting to cultivate madder in Essex, had made up his mind 
that it could not be done in England. Field then commenced the cultivation in his 
own garden, and from roots ot his own growth produced beautiful specimens of 
coloring matter. A contrivance, both mechanical and chemical, was still wanted 
to reduce the liquid to its finest consistence. His invention of the "physeter" or 
percolator by atmospheric pressure admirably accomplished this purpose. He ex- 
hibited his percolator, together with an improved drying stove and press, before the 
Society of Arts, and was awarded their gold Isis medal in 1816 "for his apparatus 
of preparing colored lakes." Both apparatus are figured and described by him in 
the society's "Transactions," xxxiv. 87-94. Oddly enough the percolator was 
patented by others several years after, and applied to the clearing of sugar. Field 
continued his application of science to the purposes of the artist with good effect; 
his dexterity and care in the preparation of delicate color set all competition at 
defiance. Among his other inventions may be mentioned his metrochrome and 
his conical lenses, which produced a continuous rainbow with varied effects of 
refractions. Field died at Syon Hill Park Cottage, Osleworth, Middlesex, on 28 
September, 1854, aged 77. He bequeathed to the Royal Institute of British Archi- 
tects six architectural drawings by J. L. Bond; to the Hanwell Lunatic Asylum 
"The Maniac" by R. Dawes, R. A. ; while to the library of London University he 
gave a portrait of Sir William Harvey, by Mirevelt (Gent. Mag. new ser. xlii. 596). 

Field's reputation as an author rests on his "Chromatography; or, a Treatise 
on Colors and Pigments, and of their Powers in Painting," etc., 4to, London, 1835, 
of which a new edition, "revised, rewritten., and brought down to the present time," 
by T.W. Salter, appeared in 1869, and a third, "modernized" by J. S. Taylor on the 
basis of Salter's revision, in 1885. Another valuable professional treatise, his "Rudi- 
ments ot the Painter's Art; or, A Grammar of Coloring," 12 mo, London, 1850, 
was "revised and in part rewritten," by R. Mallet in 1870, and again in 1875 by E. 
A. Davidson, who has added sections on painting in sepia, water-colors, and oils. 
Field's other writings are: i. "A Brief Outline of the Universal System," in vol. 
ix. of "The Pamphleteer," 8vo, London, 1813-26; 3rd edit,, 8vo. , London, 1846. 
2. "The Third Organon attempted; or. Elements of Logic and Subjective Philoso- 
phy," in vol. xii. of the same. 3. "The Analogy of the Physical Sciences indi- 
cated," in vol. XV. of the same. 4. "Esthetics; or, the Analogy of the Sensible 
Sciences indicated, with an appendix on light and colors," in vol. xxii. of the same. 
5. "Ethics; or, the Analogy of the Moral Sciences indicated," in vol. xxiii. of the 
same. 6. "Outlines of Analogical Philosophy, being a primary view of the prin- 
ciples, relations, and purposes of nature, science, and art," 2 vols. 8vo, London, 

FREDERICK FIELD (1826 1885), chemist, born in Lambeth on August 2, 1826, 


was the second son, by his second wife, of Charles Field of the firm of J. C. & J. 
Field, candle-manufacturers, etc. Educated at Denmark Hill grammar school and 
at Mr. Long's school at Stockwell (where he was a schoolfellow of Professor Od- 
ling). Field showed so strong a liking for chemistry that on leaving school in 1843 
he was placed in the laboratory of the Polytechnic Institution, then conducted by 
Dr. Ryan. On leaving the Polytechnic, Field entered into partnership with a 
chemist named Mitchell as an assayer and consulting chemist, but finding the need 
of further training spent some time as a student under Dr. Hoffman in the Royal 
College ot Chemistry in Oxford Street. 

Field was one of the original members of the Chemical Society of London, 
started in 1846, and he read his first paper to that society in the following year 
(Memoirs Chem. Soc. iii. 404-n). In 1848 he accepted the post ot chemist to some 
copper-smelting works at Coquimbo in Chili. Some account of his work there is 
contained in his papers in the "Journal of the Chemical Society" for 1850, "On the 
Examination of some Slags trom Copper-Smelting Furnaces," and "On the Ashes 
ot the Cactus-plant," from which large quantities of carbonate of soda were obtained. 
In 1 85 1 Field described a natural alloy ot silver and copper, which had the appear- 
ance of nearly pure silver, and also discovered that a certain ore which occurred in 
large quantities near Coquimbo was in reality pure lapis lazuli, the first found in 
South America. 

In 1852 Field was appointed manager of his company's works at Caldera, a new 
port to the north of Coquimbo. Before assuming this position he visited England 
and married a sister of (Sir) Frederick Abel, returning to Caldera in 1853, oi which 
he was now appointed vice-consul. The post involved many responsibilities in a 
land subject to revolutions. During the Russian war Field also acted as the repre- 
sentative ot France in that district. 

In 1856 Field became chemist and sub- manager to the smelting works then 
established by Senor Urmeneta at Guayacan, which have since become one of the 
largest copper-smelting works in the world. In 1859 a revolution broke out in 
Chili. Field sent his wife and family to England, but himself remained and suc- 
ceeded in preserving the establishment from injury. In September, 1859, he finally 
quitted Chili for England. Soon after his arrival in London he was appointed 
lecturer on chemistry to St. Mary's Hospital (i860), and in 1862 became professor of 
chemistry in the London Institution. In the same year he was appointed chemist 
to the aniline color works of Simpson, Maule & Nicholson, a post which he held 
until 1866, when he became a partner in the old firm of his family — Messrs. J. C. & J. 
Field— in which he remained and of which he was senior partner at the time of his 
death. In 1876 Field's health began to fail, and after a long illness he died on 
April 3, 1885. 

Field wrote forty-three papers on scientific subjects for various periodicals, in 
addition to one written in conjunction with his brother-in-law. Sir F. A. Abel. 
Among them are: "On the Solvent Power exercised by Hyposulphite ot Soda on 
many Salts insoluble in Water" ("Jour. Chem. Soc," 1863); "On the Solubility ot 
the Halogen Salts of Silver in certain Solutions" (Chemical News, 1861); "On the 
Existence ot Silver in Sea-water" ("Proc. ot the Royal Soc." vol. viii., 1856-7); 
"Artificial Formation of Atacamite" ("Revue Universelle," 1850); on "Ludlamite, 
a New Mineral;" and on "The General Distribution of Bismuth in Copper Minerals" 
(Jour. Chem. Soc, 1S62). 


AMHERST COLLEGE. AMHERST, MASS.— Amherst graduates by the name 
of Field have been: 
1822, Pindar. 

1833, Caleb C. Caleb Clesson Field, the son of George and Phila (Hol- 
ton) Field, was bom at Northfield, Mass., May 27, 18 10. He prepared forcollege 
at the New Salem (Mass.), Chesterfield (N. H.), and Amherst (Mass.) Academies. 
After his graduation, he taught for two years in the Academy at Concord, Mass. 
In 1835, he went to Boston and studied at a private medical school until June, 1836, 
and continued his studies with Dr. James Deane, of Greenfield, Mass., till March, 
1837, with Dr. Amos Twitchell, of Keene, N. H., for five months, and attended a 
course of lectures at Dartmouth Medical College, from which institution he received 
the degree of M. D. in December, 1837. He settled immediately as a physician at 
Leominster, Mass., and practiced his profession there till his death, from pleuro- 
pneumonia, May 6, 188 1. Dr. Field served as a member of the School Committee 
of Leominster for forty-three years, and represented Leominster in the Massachu- 
setts Legislature, 1873-74. He was married to Hannah Crosby, daughter of Tim- 
othy Danforth, of Amherst, N. H., May 27, 1839. She died May 14, 1857, and two 
of their six children are still living. Jan. 7, 1858, he was married to Mrs. Anne 
Sophia Carter, daughter of Ephraim Warner, of Lunenburg, Mass., who died Jan. 
16, i860. He was married to Martha, daughter of Luke Joslyn, of Leominster, 
March 28, 1861, and she survives him. 

1834, Thos. P. Born in Northfield, Mass., Jan., 12, 1814. He graduated at 
Amherst College in 1834, studied theology at Andover, Mass., and graduated in 
1840. He was a teacher in Amherst College in 1837 and 1838. He was settled 
over the Congregational church in Peabody, Mass., in 1840, and was dismissed 
in October, 1850, and was settled in November over the Second Presbyterian 
church in Troy, N. Y., and was dismissed from that church in June, 1854, 
and became professor of rhetoric and English literature in Amherst College, 
which he filled until 1856, when he was installed over the First Congregational 
church in New London, Conn., where he remained until 1876. In June, 1878, he 
was again appointed a professor in Amherst College. 

1835, Justin. Justin Field, the son of Justin and Harriet (Power) Field, and 
brother of Rev. Thomas P. Field, D. D., of the class of 1834, was born in North- 
field, Mass., April 10, 18 16, and was fitted for college in the Boston Latin School 
and in Northfield Academy. He studied theology at Union Seminary, 1838-39, and 
at Andover Seminary 1839-40. He was ordained priest in the Episcopal church by 
Bishop Griswold, at Jamaica Plain, Mass., Sept. 7, 1842. From 1843 to 1845 he was 
without charge, residing in Roxbury, now Boston Highlands. He was rector of 
St. Paul's church, Stockbridge, Mass., from 1846 to 1850; of St. James' church. 
Great Barrington, from 1850 to 1852; of Grace church, Medford, from 1852 
to 1862, and of Trinity church, Lenox, in the same state, from 1862 to 1890. 
A part of that year and the next he spent in travel in Great Britain and 
Europe. In 1892 he was employed in preaching during January in Columbus, Ga., 
and for about three months afterward in Brooksville, Fla. Returning to the north, 
he resided in West Newton, Mass., until his death from cystitis, March 5, 1893. 
Mr. Field was married (i) 'June 26, 1862 to Caroline C, daughter of George C. 



Wilde, of Boston, who died March 23, 1887; (2) April 26, 1890, to Louise H. Irene, 
daughter of Hon. Wellesley H. Hylton-Joliffe, of Somerset, Hants, England, who 
with two of his three children survives him. 

1846. Levi Alpheus son of Alpheus and Caroline (Adams) Field, born in Lev- 
erett, Sept. 17, 1821; fitted for college at Shelburne Fails and Monson Academies; 
Andover Seminary, 1846-49; preached at Mitteneague (West Springfield); ordained 
at Marlboro, Mass., Aug. 31, 1853; pastor there till his death, Oct. 22, 1859; married 
Nancy, daughter of Cyrus W. Holmes, of Monson; one child. 

1869, Henry K., address Mills Building, San Francisco, Cal. 

1880, Clifton L., address Greenfield, Mass. 

1880, Henry P. (Hon.), address Northampton, Mass. 

1883, Walter T., address 378 Wabash avenue, Chicago, 111. 

1896, Leonard Hamilton, Jr. (in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 

Non-graduate students: Class of 1825, Constant; 1867, Edward A.; 1874, Ed- 
wm F. ; 1892, Arthur E. 

YALE COLLEGE. NEW HAVEN, CONN.— 1732. Seth Field; 1745, Samuel; 
1762, Samuel; 17S5, Simeon; 1795, Joseph; 1797, Timothy; 1802, Daniel D. ; 1807, 
Henry; 1831, Junius L. ; 1S33, Samuel; 1841, David I.; 1S41, Maunsell B. ; 1877, 
Burr K. ; 18S8, John E. ; 1S89, Theron P. ; 1893, John H. ; 1896, Wm. P. 

Josephus Field, Mr., S.T.D., 1840; class 1809; died 1869. 

Curtis Field, LL.D., class ot 1844. 

George Paisley Field, LL. B., 1855, class of 1851; died 1859. 

George Washington Field, class ot 1851, lawyer. 

d. 1869; 1S44, Curtis Field; 1851, George Paisley, d. 1859; 1851, George Washing- 
ton; 1859, Henry Martyn ; 1863, George Gibson; 1872, Alfred Withington ; 1878, 
Charles Elmer; 1880, Jacob Brainard; 1884. Charles Merritt. 

67, Lit., M.D. (Long Island) 1867. East Hampton, Conn. ; Charles Fred Field, A.B., 
1875, 292 Kirby avenue, Detroit, Mich. 

Clifton Lamson Field, 1882-83, Law, A. B. (Amherst College) 1880, clerk ot 
court, Greenfield, Mass. 

Edward Clem Field. 1883, Ph.C, 453 Main street, Buffalo. N. Y. 

Elisha Chapman Field. 1865, LL.B..Monon Building, Chicago, 111. 

Ferdinand Thomas Field, 1884, M.D., Elroy, Wis. 

Freeman Field, 1893-95, Lit., 1897, LL. B., 679 Jefferson avenue, Detroit. Mich. 

George Samuel Field, 1895, LL. B., 30 Buhl Block, Detroit, Mich. 

George Washington Field, 1868, LL.B.,A.A. (Ohio Wesleyan University) 1864, 
A.M. (Ohio Wesleyan University) 1867, Bee Building, Omaha, Neb. 

Henry George Field, B. S. (Eng. ) 1893. 1203 Majestic Building. Detroit, Mich. 

Henry Power Field. 1882, LL.B., A.B. (Amherst College) 1880. 

Jane Estelle Field. 1896. A.B.. Stillwater. Minn. 

Kirke Hart Field. 18S0. LL.B., Redlands, Cal. 

Nelson Curtis Field, 1890, A. B., Glenwood, Iowa. 

S. Graham Field, 1873-74, Law, registered trom Kalamazoo. Mich. 

William Davis Field, 1889-90. M.D., West Stockbridge. Mass. 

is a list of all the Fields who have been students of the University of Virginia since 
its foundation. The first line to each name gives his record here, viz., date of 
birth, home address, last year of attendance. The second line gives the subsequent 


record when known. Those not stated to be dead are presumed to be still living, 
at the address given. 

John, Charlottesville, Va., 1831 ; no record since. 

John C, 1815, Gloucester C. H. , Va., 1837; died August, i86r. 

Eldon C, 1831, Columbus, Miss., 1852; captain Confederate States Army; 
planter, Floreyville, Miss. 

Thomas G., 1836, Columbus, Miss., 1855; captain Confederate States Army; 
fell at Harrisburg, Miss. 

Wm. Thomas, 1836, Glassy Mountain, S. C, 1857: M.D. ; lieutenant Confeder- 
ate States Army; member South Carolina Legislature, 1868; farmer, Pickens 
C.H.,S. C. 

W. Gibson, 1838, Culpeper C. H., Va., 1861; captain Confederate States Army; 
fell July I, 1862, Malvern Hill. 

JohnWm., 1836, Accomac county, Va., i85g; M.D. ; member Virginia Legisla- 
ture; physician, Missouri. 

David M., 1841, Sussex county, Va., i860; farmer; died 187-. 

Scott, 1847, Canton, Miss., 1868; lawyer, Calvert, Tex. 

Willis W., 1850, Woodford county, Ky., 1872; farmer, county surveyor, Ver- 
sailles, Ky. 

Joseph, Jr., 1853, Cambridge, Mo., 1875; no record since. 

Charles W., Jr., 1858, Comorn, Va., 1878; lawyer, Baltimore, Md., 44 South 

Wm. W., 1857, Culpeper, Va. , 1879; lawyer, Denver, Col. 

Samuels., 1865, Virginia, 1884; lawyer, Baltimore, Md., 301 St. Paul street. 

BROWN UNIVERSITY, PROVIDENCE, R. L— The persons by the name of 
Field graduated trom Brown are the following. The ages I cannot give, but they 
average about twenty -two : 

Barnum, 1821; Charles Elmer, 1875; Evan Dale, 1899; George Wilton, 1887; 
Harold Crivs, 1894; James Peirson, 1865; Thomas Gardner, 1870; William Goodell, 

For further information, I reter you to the Historical Catalogue of Brown Uni- 
versity, 1764-1894. 

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHACA, N. Y.— Arthur Carpenter Field, M.E.. 
1891; born June 24, 1870; 250 Dearborn avenue, Chicago, 111. Father, Richard I. 
Field, 250 Dearborn avenue, Chicago, 111. 

Frederick William Field, B.S. in Arch., 1894, Aug. 4, 1871, 1915 West Genesee 
street, Syracuse, N. Y. Father, Wm. R. Field, 88 Sixth avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Henry John Field. LL.B., 1896, May 11, 1870, Greenfield, Mass. Father not 

Rosamond Almeda Field, A.M., 1890 (Mrs. C. H. Estey), Jan. 16, 1867, Adding- 
ton Road, Brookline, Mass. Father, T. B. Field, Wellsboro, Pa. 

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, HANOVER, N. H.— Andrew Emerson Field, 
Barre, Vt., class 1846; Bohan Prentice Field, Bangor, Me., 1795, died 1843, aged 68; 
Brayton Allen Field, Watertown, N. Y., 1878; Caleb Clesson Field, Leominster, 
Mass., class of 1838, medical department, A.B., Amherst College, 1833, A.M. ; 
Edwin Dewey Field, Hanover, N. H., class of 1880, medical department; Joseph 
Field, class of 1792, died 1866, aged 94; Joseph Root Field, class of 1822, died 1828, 
aged 33, see History of Northfield. Mass. ; Martin Field, honorary degree 1805, 
lawyer, A.M., A.B. Williams 1798, died 1833, aged 60; Seth Field, class of 1824, 
medical department, died 1851, aged 53; Walbridge Abner Field, lawyer, Boston, 
Mass. ; tutor, 1855-58, assistant attorney-general of the United States, 1869-70, M. C, 
1879; <iied 1899; Warren Asa Field, lawyer, died 1856, aged 74. 


Frederick C. Pierce, Historian and Genealogist, Chicago. Dear Sir: I have the 
honor to inform you that there are no graduates of Beloit College by the name of 
Field or Fields. In reply to yours of Jan. 3, 1900. Yours very truly, Chas. A. 
Bacon, Librarian. 

UNION COLLEGE, SCHENECTADY, N. Y.— Jeremiah Field, class of 1816, 
lawyer, Chester, Vt., removed to Ellsburg, N. Y., died 1861; George W. Field, 
class of 1836, M.D., Geneva, N. Y., died Geneva, 1875; Thomas W. Field, class of 
1849, teacher, died Williamsburg, N. Y. ; William H. Field, class of 1863, lawyer, 
died New York City. 

ated 1798, M.A., Dartmouth, 1805, died 1833, aged 60; Levi Field, graduated 1799, 
died 1820, aged 40; John Field, graduated 1807, died 1S27, aged 48; Lucius Field, 
graduated 1821, M.A., Amherst, 1826, died 1839, aged 48, tutor Amherst; Constant 
Field, graduated 1825, M.D., Berkshire Medical, 1829, died 1833, aged 29; David 
Dudley Field, graduated 1825, M.A., 1838, LL.D., 1855, also Univ. Bologna and 
Univ. Edinburgh; Jonathan Edwards Field, graduated 1832, president Massachu- 
setts Senate, died 1868, aged 56; David. Dudley Field, graduated 1837; Stephen 
Johnson Field, graduated 1837, M. A., LL.D., 1864, professor of law, Univ. of Calif, 
judge and chief justice supreme court of California and justice supreme court of 
the United States; Henry Martyn Field, graduated 1838, M.A., D.D., 1862; Samuel 
Tobey Field, graduated 1848; Dudley Field, graduated 1850, died 1880, aged 50; 
Henry Martyn Field, graduated 1854; Cyrus West Field, graduated 1859; Aaron 
Wesley Field, graduated 1865; Matthew Dickinson Field, graduated 1875, M.D., 
1880, Bellevue Medical College, 1879, Edward Morse Field, graduated 1876, M.A. ; 
Cyrus William Field, graduated 1879; Charles Field, graduated 1881; William 
Davis Field, graduated 1886. 

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, N. Y.—Archelaus G., medicine, 
1864; Chauncey M., medicine, 1875; Cortlandt de P., arts, 1859; Edward P., law, 
1880; Edward S., arts, 1881, law,. 1883; Edwin, medicine, 1873; Frank H., law, 
1888; Henry M., medicine, 1862; Jacob T., medicine, 1863; Joseph K., law, 1879; 
Otis, arts, 1873; William H., law, 1865; Peter Conover, medicine, 1895. 

of Rutland, Vt., in 1894 received the honorary degree of A.M. He is now cashier 
of Rutland County National Bank ; superintendent Sunday-school, Congregational. 

PHILLIPS ACADEMY, ANDOVER. MASS.— Artemas Clinton Field, San- 
bomton, N. H., 1853-55; Barnum W. Field, Boston, Mass., 1842; Charles Arm- 
strong Field, Dorset, Vt., 1871; Henry Martyn Field, West Cambridge, Mass., 1855; 
John Worcester Field, West Cambridge, Mass., 1853-55; William Evarts Field, 
West Cambridge, Mass., 1865; Charles Field, Jr., Athol, Mass., graduated trom 
Phillips Academy, Andover, in 1877, from Williams College in 1881; Charles Kings- 
ley Field, 23 Park street. Park Lane, London, W., England, here in 1897, did not 
graduate; Edward Davenport Field, 41 Prospect street, Rutland, Vt., here in 1895-96, 
did not graduate; John Howe Field, 27 North Main street, Rutland, Vt., graduated 
in 1889, Yale 1892; Charles Clesson Field, 598 Atlantic avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y., 
here in 1890, did not graduate; Tracy Cameron Field, 23 Park street. Park Lane, 
London, W., England, here in 1897, did not graduate; William Henry Field, Rut- 
land, Vt. graduated in 1895; William Joslin Field, 53 Spring street, Keene, N, H., 
here in 1896-97, did not graduate. 

Clinton Field, Lempster, H. H., clergyman, Hinesburg, Vt. ; 1866. Roswell Martin 
Field, St. Louis, Mo., journalist, Kansas City, Mo.; 1876, George Walker Field, 


Ferrisburg, Vt., farmer, Burlington, Vt. ; 1886, James William Field, Berwick, 
Me., business, Exeter, N. H. 

nee Edwards, class ot 1889, bom 1867, Syracuse, N. Y. ; married Howard Field, 
June 12, 1890; address 1562 Maple avenue, Evanston. 

graduated 1870, A.B., A.M., M.D., Chicago Medical College, 1875, residence Eagle 
Grove, Iowa; Jennie, graduated 1874, Mrs. James W. Bashford, Delaware, Iowa; 
Walter Scott, graduated 1878, B.S., LL.B., 1880, assistant attorney Vernon county. 
Wis.. 1886-90, Oklahoma City, Okla. ; Jesse Southwick, graduated 1886, city attor- 
ney, district attorney. Pierce county, Wis., residence Prescott, Wis.; Samuel M., 
graduated 1895, LL.B., attorney, 207 Sixth street, Racine, Wis. 

OBERLIN COLLEGE, OBERLIN, OHIO.— Mrs. Abby Manchester Field- 
Goodsell, 1876, born Jan. 8, 1856, Byron, Cal. ; Adelia Antoinette Field- Johnston, 
1856, born Feb. 5, 1837, dean Woman's Department, Oberlin College; Anna Louise 
Hine-Field, 1882, born March 7, 1855, 80 Kentucky street, Cleveland, Ohio; May 
Baldwin Fairfield-Field, 1883; 1828 North street, Lincoln, Neb. 

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, PRINCETON, N. J.— Robert Field, graduated 
1793, no details; James Ten Eyck Field, graduated 1806; born Oct. 31, 1787, died 
1866, married Rachel Depuy, had daughter who died an infant, and son Depui 
(Princeton, 1830), see later; Richard Stockton Field, graduated 1821; born Dec. 
31, 1803, died May 25, 1870; Depui Field, graduated 1830, see above, died 1835; 
George G. Field, graduated 1839, no details, still living; Roscoe Field, graduated 
1848, no details, still living; Alexander Shaw Field, graduated 1852, no details, still 
living; Edward Field, graduated 1861, born May 18, 1841, still living; Chauncey 
Mitchell Field, graduated 1871, born March 27, 1850, died July 12, 1895, third son of 
Richard R. and Margaretta Field; Richard Edgar Field, graduated 1874, no 
details, died 1891 ; William Pierson Field, graduated 1883, no details, still living. 

THE WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY.— Daniel Webster Field, non-graduate, 
born in 1814 in Providence, R. I., lett college in 1835 at close ot sophomore 
year; engaged in dry goods business in Providence, R. I., several years; became a 
portrait painter for several years; atterward devoted himself to jewelry, study ot 
mechanics, and landscape painting; married in 1835 Nancy Curtis, of Springfield, 
Mass. Children— Daniel C, Elizabeth S. married E. S. Leavitt, Helen S. married 
W. H. Green, Zipporah C. married Frank Jones. 

Leon Chester Field, A.B., 1870; born in Southbridge, Mass., Feb. 7, 1847; was 
a teacher and Methodist minister; married Aug. 22, 1870, Clara Elizabeth Crowell, 
ot Ware, Mass. Children — Leona Minor, born '1875; Grace Josephine, born 1878, 
died 1879. He died in 1885. 



The tollowmg is a complete, correct, and ofl&cial list of persons by the name of 
Field, however spelled, who served in the Revolutionary army from the state 
of Massachusetts. It is compiled from the publications recently issued by the State, 
under the direction of the Secretary of State. This name also appears under the 
form of Feaild, Feald, Fealds, Feeald, Feild, Feildes, Feilds, Feld, Fiealds, Fields. 

FEAILD, PETER. Seaman, schooner "Franklin," Samuel Green, master; 
engaged March 14, 1777; discharged May 13, 1777; service, 2 mos. 29 days (?). 

FEALD, JAMES. Private, Capt. Pelatiah Eddy's co., Col. Abiel Mitchel's 
regt., commanded by Lieut. Col. James Williams, Brig. Gen. Godfrey's (Bristol co.) 
brigade; service, 6 days; company marched from Taunton to Tiverton, R. I., on 
the alarm of Aug. i, 1780. 

FEALDS, BARZILLAL Private. Capt. Zebedee Redding's co., Col. Gamaliel 
Bradford's (12th) regt. ; pay roll for December, 1778, 

FEEALD, SAMUEL, JR., Andover. Private, Capt. Joshua Holt's (4th An- 
dover) co., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, to Cambridge; service, i 
1-2 days. 

FEILD, BENJAMIN. Private, Capt. John Hall, Jr.'s (ist) co., Col. Palmer's 
regt. ; service, 4 days at Rhode Island; company assembled March 4, 1776. 

FEILD, BAZALEEL. List dated Taunton, May 21, 1778, ot men mustered 
by James Leonard, muster master, to serve for the term of 9 mos. from the time of 
their arrival at FishkiU; Capt. Samuel Robinson's (ist Attleborough) co., Col. 
John Daggett's (4th Bristol co. ) regt. ; age, 16 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 10 in.; complex- 
ion, light; hair, black; eyes, dark; engaged for town of Attleborough; arrived at 
FishkiU June 19, 1778. 

FEILD, EBENEZER. Private. Capt. John Hall, Jr.'s (ist) co.. Col. Palmer's 
regt. ; service, 4 days, at Rhode Island; company assembled March 4, 1776. 

BEILD, EBENEZER, JR. Sergeant, Capt. John Hall, Jr.'s (ist) co.. Col. 
Palmer's regt.; service, 15 days, at Rhode Island; company assembled March 
4. 1776. 

FEILD, FOBES. Private, Capt. Nathan Packard's co., Col. Edward Mitch- 
ell's regt.; service, 5 days; company ordered to Squantum March 4, 1776, on an 

FEILD, JACKSON. Capt. John Hall, Jr.'s (ist) co.. Col. Palmer's regt. ; serv- 
ice, 15 days, at Rhode Island; company assembled March 4, 1776. 

FEILD, JOHN. Private, Capt. Israel Trow's co.. Col. John Daggett's regt. ; 
entered service Jan, 19, 1778; discharged March 31, 1778; service, 2 mos. 13 days, 
under Maj. Gen. Spencer at Rhode Island; company dratted to serve for 3 months 
from Jan. i, 1778. Roll sworn to at Norton. 

FEILD, JONATHAN. Private, Capt. Josiah Vose's (Milton) co. ; service, 
from April 13 to April 26, 1776, 12 days, in defense of seacoast. 

FEILD, JOSEPH. Capt. John Worthley's co.. Col. Edmund Phinney's regt. ; 
order tor bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Fort No. 2, 1775. 

FEILD, JOSEPH. Private, Capt. John Hall, Jr.'s (ist) co. ; Col. Palmer's 
regt. : service, 10 days, at Rhode Island; company assembled March 4, 1776. 

FEILD, RICHARD. Corporal, Capt. Nathan Snow's co., Col. Hawes's regt.; 



enlisted Sept. 24, 1777; service i mo. 9 days, on a secret expedition to Rhode 
Island. Roll sworn to at Plymouth. 

FEILD, RICHARD. Private, Capt. Nathan Packard's co.. Col. Edward 
Mitchell's regt. , service, 5 days; company ordered to march to Squantum March 4, 
1776, on an alarm. 

FEILD. ROBERT. Descriptive list dated West Point, Jan. 20, 1781; Capt. 
Ebenezer Smith's co. ; lieut. Col. Smith's (6th) regt.; age, i4yrs; stature, 4 ft. 7 
in. ; complexion, light; hair, light; eyes, g^'^y; rank, drummer; enlisted Jan., 
1760, by Maj. Porter; enlistment, during war. 

FEILD, SOLOMON. List dated Taunton, May 21, 1778, ot men mustered by 
James Leonard, muster master, to serve for the term of 9 mos. from the time of 
their arrival at Fishkill; Capt. Samuel Robinson's ist (Attleborough) co., Col. John 
Daggett's (4th Bristol co.) regt. ; age, 17 yrs. ; statue, 5 ft. 8 in. ; complexion, dark; 
hair, black; eyes, black; engaged tor town of Attleborough; arrived at Fishkill 
June 19, 1778. 

FEILD, THOMAS. Receipt dated Boston, May 3, 1782, tor bounty paid said 
Feild by Alexander Hodgdon, in behalf of a committee of the town of Boston, to 
serve in the Continental Army for the term ot 3 yrs. 

FEILD, TIMOTHY. Private, Capt. John Hall, Jr.'s (ist) co. ; Col. Palmer's 
regt, ; service, 7 days, at Rhode Island; company assembled March 4, 1776. 

FEILD, WILLIAM. Corporal, Capt. John Hall, Jr.'s (ist) co.. Col. Palmer's 
regt. ; service, 15 days, at Rhode Island; company assembled March 4, 1776. 

FEILD, ZEBULON, Taunton. Drummer, Capt. Ichabod Leonard's co., Col. 
John Hathaway 's regt.; service, 20 days; company marched from Taunton to 
Tiverton, R. I., in April, 1777. 

FEILDES, JOHN. Power of attorney, dated Feb. 22, 1785, given to Mason 
Wattles, by said Feildes, a laborer of New Rochelle, N. Y., to collect the wages, etc., 
due him for service in the army. 

FEILDING, JOHN. Private. loth Mass. regt. ; list of men belonging to the 
Mass. line reported as not having been mustered or who were omitted from pay 
rolls to whom wages and depreciation were allowed; reported omitted July, 1777. 

FEILDS, JOSEPH. Descriptive list of men raised to serve in the Continental 
army for the term of 9 mos. from the time of their arrival at Fishkill, returned as 
mustered in from Gen. Thompson's brigade May 19, 1778, by Daniel Ilsley, muster 
master, for Cumberland co., and delivered to Maj. James Johnston, superintendent 
for said co. ; age, 29 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 93^ in. ; complexion, light. 

FELD, PETER. Capt. Micajah Gleason's co., Col. Nixon's regt.; company 
receipt for advance pay dated Cambridge, June 10, 1775. 

FELD, ZEBULON, 3d. List of men mustered for 6 mos. service at Rhode 
Island by James Leonard, muster master for Bristol co., dated July 7, 1778; Col. 
George William's regt. 

FIEALDS, SAMUEL, Andover. Private, Capt Joshua Holt's (4th Andover) 
CO., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, to Cambridge; service, i day; 
reported as among men who were aged or unable to bear arms who carried provis- 
ions to Cambridge for those in need. 

FIELD, AARON, Springfield. Surgeon's mate, Lieut. Col. Barnabas Sear's 
regt.; marched Aug. i. 1781; discharged Nov. 15, 1781; service, 3 mos. 21 days, 
travel included; regiment raised for 3 mos. Roll sworn to at Greenwich. 

FIELD, ABIEZER, Taunton. Private, Capt. Ichabod Leonard's co.. Col. 
John Hathaway's regt. ; service, 20 days ; company marched from Taunton to 
Tiverton, R. I., in April, 1777, by order of Brig. Gen. Godfrey. 

FIELD, ABIEZER, Taunton. Private, Capt. Joshua Wilbore's co., Col. Josiah 


Whitney's regt. ; service, i mo. 23 days; company marched from Taunton to Prov- 
idence, R. 1. Roll made up for wages and travel, agreeable to resolve of April, 
1777, and sworn to at Taunton, Sept. 23, 1777. 

FIELD, ABIEZER. Private, Capt. Pelatiah Eddy's co., Col. Abiel Mitchel's 
regt., commanded by Lieut. Col. James Williams, Brig. Gen. Godfrey's (Bristol 
CO.) brigade; service, 8 days; company marched from Taunton to Tiverton, R. 1., 
on the alarm of Aug. i, 1780. 

FIELD, ASA. Private, Capt. Samuel Merriman's (2d) co., Col. Israel Chap- 
en's (3d) regt; enlisted Oct. 15, 1779; discharged Nov. 21, 1779; service, i mo. 14 
days, travel included; roll endorsed "service at Claverack." 

FIELD, BARZILLIA, Bridgewater. Private, Capt. Abiel Peirce's co., Col. 
Nicholas Dike's regt. ; pay abstract for mileage to and from camp, etc. ; warrant 
allowed in Council, Nov. 30, 1776; also, Capt. Edward Cobb's co. ; service, 2 mos. 
4% days; company marched from Bridgewater and Abington April 21, 1777, to 
Bristol, R. 1.; roll endorsed "Col. Titcomb's regt.;" also, Capt. John Ames's co. ; 
enlisted June 26, 1778; discharged July 20, 1778; service, 24 days; company march- 
ed to Rhode Island June 26, 1778, and joined Col. Wade's regt. June 27, 1778, tor 24 
(also given 21) days' service; also, Capt. Jacob Pool's co.. Col. Jacob's (Plymouth 
CO.) regt. ; enlisted July 21, 1780; discharged Oct. 21, 1780; service, 3 mos. 13 days, 
travel included ; company raised to reinforce the Continental Army for 3 mos. ; roll 
sworn to at Boston. 

FIELD, BENJAMIN, Falmouth. Capt. Samuel Noyes's co.. Col. Edmund 
Phinnie's (31st) regt; billeting allowed from date ot enlistment July 10, 1775, to 
date ot marching irom Falmouth, July 13, 1775; credited with 3 days' allowance; 
also, private, same co. and regt.; company return (probably Oct., 1775); also, order 
for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Fort No. 2, Cambridge, Oct. 27, 


FIELD, BENJAMIN, Greenwich. Private, Capt Joseph Hooker's co. of 
Minute-men, Col. Ruggles Woodbridge's regt, which marched April 20, 1775, in 
response to the alarm ot April 19, 1775; service 18 days; also, Capt. John Thomp- 
son's CO.; Col. Leonard's (Hampshire co.) regt, enlisted May 7, 1777; discharged 
July 8, 1777; service, 2 mos. 10 days, travel included; company marched to rein- 
force Northern army for 2 mos. 

FIELD, BEZALEEL. Private, Capt Elisha May's co. ; enlisted Sept, 
1776; discharged Nov., 1776; company served on a 2 mos.' campaign at New 

FIELD, DANIEL, Buxton. Capt John Rice's co. ; billeting allowed from date 
of enlistment, July 3, 1775, to date of marching from Scarborough, to headquarters, 
July 4, 1775; credited with allowance for i day; also, private, Capt. John Rice's 
CO., Col. Edmund Phinney's (31st) regt ; company return dated Sept. 29, 1775. 

FIELD, DANIEL, Pepperell. Enlistment agreement signed by said Field and 
others, engaging themselves to serve tor 3 yrs., unless sooner discharged; enlisted 
Dec. 23, 1776; also, list of men mustered by Nathaniel Barber, Muster Master for 
Suffolk CO., dated Boston, Jan. 8, 1777: Capt Thomas's co.. Col. Thomas Marshall's 
regt; also, private. Colonel's co.. Col. Marshall's regt; Continental army pay ac- 
counts for service from Jan. i, 1777, to Jan. 22, 1778; reported died Jan. 22, 1778; 
also, 2d sergeant, Capt. Philip Thomas's co.. Col. Thomas Marshall's regt. ; rations 
allowed from date of enlistment, Dec. 23, 1776, to Feb. 6, 1777; credited with 46 
days' allowance; subsistence also allowed tor 11 days' travel on march from Boston 
to Bennington; also, Capt Philip Thomas's (5th) co.. Col. Thomas Marshall's (loth) 
regt ; return of men in camp on or before Aug. 15, 1777. 

FIELD, DANIEL, Pepperellborough. Private, Capt John Elden's co.. Col. 


Lemuel Robinson's regt. ; company return dated Roxbury, Feb. 26, 1776; also, 
company receipt dated Dorchester, April i, 1776, given to Capt. John Elden, tor 
travel allowance to camp and home. 

FIELD, DANIEL (also given Jr.),Pownalborough (also given Pepperellborough, 
Walla, and Sanford). List of men raised to serve in the Continental army from 
Capt. Larkin Thorndike's, Capt. John Woodbury's, and Capt. Joseph Rae's ist, 2d, 
and 3d COS. in Beverly, dated Beverly, Feb. 13, 1778; residence, Pownalborough ; 
engaged for town ot Beverly; joined Capt. William Peter's (Porter's) co., Col. 
Francis's regt. ; term, 3 years; said Field reported as belonging to ist Beverly co. ; 
also, list of men mustered by Nathaniel Wells, muster master for York co., dated 
Wells, March 12, 1777; residence Pepperellborough; Capt. Porter's co.. Col. Ebene- 
zer Francis's regt. ; reported received state bounty ; also, private, Capt. Billy Por- 
ter's CO., Col. Benjamin Tupper's regt. ; Continental Army pay accounts for service 
from Feb. 27, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; residence. Wells; also, detachment from Capt. 
Porter's co.. Col. Francis's regt. ; rations allowed from date of enlistment, Feb. 27, 
1777, to time oi marching; credited with 47 days' allowance; residence, Sanford; 
also, Capt. Billy Porter's co.. Col. Benjamin Tupper's regt; muster roll for Jan. 
1779, dated West Point; reported furloughed by Gen. Paterson, Nov. 19, 1777, for 
60 days. 

FIELD, DANIEL. Capt. Nathan Alden's co. ; Col. Jeremiah Hall's regt. ; 
company order, payable to Capt. Alden, tor wages for 3 mos.' service at Bristol, 
R. I , dated Bristol, March 7, 1777. 

FIELD, DANIEL. List of men in Capt. J. Sprague's division in service in 
Oct. 1777. 

FIELD, DANIEL, JR., Buxton. Private, Capt. John Elden's co.. Col. Lemuel 
Robinson's regt; company return dated Roxbury, Feb. 26, 1776; also, company 
receipt dated Dorchester, April i, 1776, given to Capt. John Elden, tor travel allow- 
ance to camp and home. 

FIELD, DARIUS. Private, Capt. Rufus Barney's co.. Col. Carpenter's regt. ; 
service, 4 days, on an alarm at Rhode Island; company detached to march to 
Tiverton, R. I., for 6 days; roll dated July 28, 1780; also, Capt John Shaw's co.. 
Col. Abiel Mitchel's regt.; service, 4 days; company marched to Rhode Island 
March 6, 1781, by order of His Excellency John Hancock, on a 40 days' expedition. 

FIELD, DAVID. Official record of a ballot by the House of Representatives 
dated Jan. 31, 1776; said Field chosen Colonel of 5th Hampshire co., regt. ot Mass. 
militia; appointment concurred in by Council Feb. 8, 1776; reported commissioned 
Feb. 8, 1776; also, colonel; return dated Boston, April 8, 1777; signed by Brig. 
Gen. Timothy Danielson, of companies of militia from Hampshire co.. which 
turned out as volunteer under Col. David Leonard and Lieut. Col. May to reinforce 
the army at Ticonderoga, agreeable to order of Council of Feb., 1777; two com- 
panies raised from said Field's regt. ; also, resignation dated Deerfield. Feb. 14, 1778, 
signed by said Field, stating that he had been appointed to the "first commission" 
in 5th Hampshire co. regt., that he had served in that capacity to the best of his 
ability, but owing to old age was no longer able to fulfill the duties ot his office, and 
asking that his resignation be accepted; resignation accepted by General Court, 
Feb. 20, 1778. 

FIELD, EBENEZER, Amherst Capt Noadiah Leonard's co., Col. Benjamin 
Ruggles Woodbridge's (25th) regt. ; receipt for advance pay dated Cambridge, June 
22, 1775; also, private, same co. and regt. ; muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted 
May 2, 1775; service, 3 mos. 7 days; also, company return (probably Oct., 1775); 
also, order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Prospect Hill, Oct. 
25. 1775- 


FIELD, EBENEZER, Brookfield. Matross, Capt. William Todd's (8th) co.. 
Col. Thomas Craft's (artillery) regt. ; service from Feb. i, 1776, to date of discharge, 
May 8, 1776, 3 mos. 7 days. Roll sworn to at Boston. 

FIELD, EBENEZER, Western. Corporal, Capt. Reuben Read's co. of Minute- 
men Col. Jonathan Warner's regt. ; which marched April 20, 1775, m response to 
the alarm of April 19, 1775, to Roxbury; service, 8 days; also, sergeant, Capt. John 
Grainger's CO., Col. Ebenezer Learned's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; en- 
listed April 28, 1775; service, 3 mos. i week 4 days; also company return dated 
Oct. 7, 1775; also, lieutenant. Col. William Shepard's (4th) regt. ; Continental army 
pay accounts for service from Jan. i, 1777 to Dec. 31, 1779; also, Capt. Thomas 
Fish's CO., Col. William Shepard's (3d) regt.; muster roll for Oct. and Aug., 1778; 
also, Lieut. Col. Ebenezer Sprout's co., Col. Shepard's regt. ; muster roll for March 
and April, 1779, dated Providence; appointed Jan. i, 1777; reported furloughed May 
4, also given May 5 (year not given), for 10 (also given 8) days by Col. Shepard; 
also, captain lieutenant. Col. Shepard's regt. ; return of officers for clothing dated 
Salem, Aug. 28, 1779; also, lieutenant, Col. Shepard's regt.; Continental army pay 
accounts for service from Jan. i, 1780, to April 14, 1780. 

FIELD, EBENEZER, Wrentham. Private, Capt. Benjamin Haws's co., Col. 
John Smith's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 6 days; 
also, Capt. Oliver Pond's co.. Col. Joseph Read's (29th) regt.; muster roll dated 
Aug. I, 1775; enlisted May 1, 1775; service, 3 mos. 8 days; also, company return 
dated Sept. 25, 1775; also, order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated 
Roxbury, Dec. 27, 1775. 

FIELD, EBENEZER (also given Eben.), Jr., Braintree. Corporal, Capt. John 
Hall, Jr.'s CO. of Minute-men of North Parish in Braintree, Col. Benjamin Lincoln's 
regt., which assembled April 19, 1775, and also April 29, 1775; service, 7 days; 
also, private, Capt. Edmund Billing's co. ot North Precinct in Braintree, Col. Jona- 
than Bass's regt. ; service, 2 days; company assembled June 13, 1776, to drive Brit- 
ish ships from Boston harbor ; roll sworn to at Boston. 

FIELD, ELIHU. Private, Capt. Amasa Sheldon's co.. Col. Elisha Porter's 
regt.; enlisted July 10, 1777; discharged July 18, 1777; service, 15 days, travel in- 
cluded, on expedition to Northern department. Roll sworn to at Deerfield. 

FIELD, ELIJAH, Sunderland. Private, Capt. Noadiah Leonard's co.. Col. 
Ruggles Woodbridge's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775 ; service, 
7 days ; also, list of men returned as serving on picket guard under Maj. Loammi 
Baldwin dated May 11, 1775; also, Capt. Noadiah Leonard's co.. Col. Benjamin 
Ruggles Woodbridge's (25th) regt. ; receipt for advance pay dated Cambridge, 
June 24, 1775; also, private, same co. and regt.; muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; 
enlisted April 27, 1775; service, 3 mos. 12 days; also, company return (probably 
Oct., 1775); also, order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Cambridge, 
Oct 31, 1775. 

FIELD, ELIJAH. Corporal, Capt. Reuben Petty's co.. Lieut. Col. Samuel 
William's regt. ; engaged Dec. 16, 1776; discharged March 19, i777; service, 3 mos. 
15 days, travel included. 

FIELD, ELIJAH. Sergeant, Capt. Moses Harvey's co., Col. David Wells's 
regt; engaged May 10, 1777; discharged July 10, 1777; service, 2 mos. 10 days, 
travel included, in Northern department. Roll dated Montague. 

FIELD, ELIJAH. Private, Capt Moses Harvey's co.. Col. Woodbridge's 
regt; enlisted Aug. 22, 1777; 'discharged Nov. 29, 1777; service, 3 mos. 17 days, 
travel included; company raised to reinforce Northern army; roll endorsed "service 
at Saratoga." 

FIELD, ELIJAH. Assistant at the scale, under Timothy Leonard, assistant 


commissary of issues, N. D., in Brig. Gen. Warner's brigade; enlisted Oct. 9, I777; 
discharged Nov. 30, 1777; service, i mo. 29 days, 6 days' travel included. 

FIELD, ELIJAH. Private, Capt. Samuel Merriman's (2d) co., Col. Israel 
Chapen's (3d) regt. ; enlisted Oct. 15, 1779; discharged Nov. 21, 1779; service, i 
mo. 14 days, travel included; roll endorsed "service at Claverack. " 

FIELD, EPHRAIM, Braintree. Private, Capt. John Vinton's (Braintree) co. 
of Minute-men, Col. Benjamin Lincoln's regt, which assembled April 29, i775: 
service, 3 days. 

FIELD, EPHRAIM. Private, in a company commanded by Capt. Thomas 
Nash of Weymouth, Col. Solomon Lovell's regt ; service, 4 days; company marched 
to take possession of Dorchester Heights March 4, 1776; roll endorsed "minute 

FIELD, EPHRAIM. Descriptive list of men raised in Plymouth co, in 1779, 
to serve in the Continental army ; age, 23 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 9 in. ; complexion, 
light; engaged for town of Bridgewater; delivered to Capt. L. Bailey; also. Major's 
CO., Col. Wesson's (gth) regt.; entered service July 24, 1779; discharged April 24, 
1780; term, 9 mos. 

FIELD, EPHRAIM. Private, Capt. David Packard's co., Col. Gary's regt.; 
service, 11 days; company marched to Rhode Island on the alarm of July 22, 1780. 

FIELD, FOBES, Bridgewater. Private, Capt. Josiah Hayden's co. of Minute- 
men, Col. Bailey's regt, which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 4 
days; also, Capt Snell's co.. Col. Mitchel's regt.; marched Dec. 8, 1776; service, 

2 weeks, 2 days; company marched to Providence, R. I., on the alarm of Dec. 8, 
1776; also, Capt. David Packard's co., Col. Cary's regt. ; service, 11 days; company 
marched to Rhode Island on the alarm of July 22, 1780. 

FIELD, GEORGE. Private, Capt. Timothy Paige's co., Col. James Conver's 
regt.; enlisted Aug. 21, 1777; discharged Aug. 31, 1777; service, 10 days-; company 
marched to Bennington on an alarm. 

FIELD, GEORGE. Sergeant, Capt. Samuel Merriman's co., 6th Hampshire 
CO. regt.; engaged Sept. 22, 1777; discharged Oct. 18, 1777; service i mo. 3 days, 
travel included, on an expedition to the northward. 

FIELD, HENRY. Private, Capt. Elihu Lyman's co.. Col. Elisha Porter's 
(Hampshire CO.) regt. ; enlisted July 25, 1779; discharged Aug. 31, 1779; service, i 
mo. 13 days, travel included, at New London, Conn. 

FIELD, HENRY. Private, Capt. Eliphalet Sawen's co.. Col. William Mcin- 
tosh's regt.; enlisted March 25, 1778; discharged April 7, 1778; service, 13 days, 
with guards at Roxbury; also, corporal, Capt. Thomas Newcomb's co., Col. Eben- 
ezer Thayer's regt.; enlisted July 22, 1780; discharged Oct. 10, 1780; service, 3 
mos., travel included; reported discharged 220 miles from home; company raised 
to reinforce Continental army for 3 mos. ; part of company stationed at West Point 
and part at Rhode Island ; list of men raised for Continental service agreeable to re- 
solve of Dec. 2, 1780; engaged Dec. 30, 1780; engaged for town of Braintree; term, 

3 yrs. 

FIELD, JACKSON, Braintree. Private, Capt. John Hall, Jr.'s co. of Minute- 
men of North Parish in Braintree, Col. Benjamin Lincoln's regt., which assembled 
April 19. 1775, and also April 29, 1775; service, 7 days; also, Capt. Edmund Billing's 
CO. of North Precinct in Braintree, Col. Jonathan Bass's regt. ; service, 5 days; com- 
pany assembled June 13, 1776, to drive British ships from Boston harbor; roll sworn 
to at Boston. 

FIELD, JAMES. Private, Capt. Micah Hamblin's co. ; enlisted July 13, 1775; 
service to Dec. 31, 1775, in defense of seacoast. Roll sworn to in Barnstable Co. 

FIELD, JOHN, Marblehead. List ot men raised to serve in the Continental 



army from Col. Jonathan Glover's {5th Essex co.) regt., as returned agreeable to 
order of Council of Nov. 7, 1777; residence, Marblehead; engaged for town of Mar- 
blehead; term, 3 yrs. 

FIELD, JOB, Rhode Island. Volunteer, ship "Dean." commanded by Capt. 
Elisha Hinman; descriptive list of oflScers and crew dated Boston, Nov., 1780; 
age, 10 yrs. ; complexion, dark ; residence, Rhode Island. 

FIELD, JOB, Swanzey. List of men raised to serve in the Continental Army 
from Col. Jonathan Glover's (5th Essex Co.) regt., as returned agreeable to order ot 
Council of Nov. 7, 1777; residence, Swanzey; engaged for town of Marblehead; 
joined Col. William Lee's regt. ; term, 3 yrs. 

FIELD, JOB. Marine, brig "Hazard," commanded by Capt. John Foster 
Williams; engaged May 14, 1779; service to Sept. 6, 1779, 3 mos. 24 days; national- 
ity, American; stature, 5 ft. s% iii- Roll sworn to in Suffolk Co. 

FIELD. JOB. Private, Capt. Eliphalet Sawen's co.. Col. William Mcintosh's 
regt.; enlisted March 25, 1778; discharged April 7, 1778; service, 13 days, with 
guards at Roxbury; also, Capt. Joseph Baxter's co.. Col. Mcintosh's regt.. Gen. 
Lovell's brigade; enlisted Aug. 5, 1778; discharged Sept, 14, 1778; service, i mo. 13 
days, travel included ; company detached trom militia for service on an expedition 
to Rhode Island ; roll dated Braintree and sworn to at Boston ; also, descriptive list 
of men raised to reinforce Continental army for the term of 6 mos., agreeable to 
resolve of June 5, 1780, returned as received of Justin Ely, commissioner, by Brig. 
Gen. John Glover, at Springfield, July 9, 1780; age, 20 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 6 in.; 
complexion, light; engaged for town of Braintree; arrived at Springfield July 8, 
1780; marched to camp July 9, 1780. under command of Lieut. Jackson of the artil- 
lery; also, pay roll for 6 mos.' men raised by the town of Braintree for service in the 
Continental army during 1780; marched July 4, 1780; discharged Dec. 22, 1780; 
service, 6 mos. 

FIELD, JOHN, Greenwich. Descriptive list of men raised to reinforce Conti- 
nental army for the term of 6 mos., agreeable to resolve of June 5, 1780, returned as 
received of Justin Ely, commissioner, by Brig. Gen. John Glover, at Springfield, 
July 18, 1780; age, 19 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 10 in. ; complexion, dark; engaged for town 
ot Greenwich; marched to camp July 18, 1780, under command of Capt. Joseph 
Brown; also, list of men raised tor the 6 mos.' service and returned by Brig. 
Gen. Paterson as having passed muster in a return dated Camp Totoway, Oct. 25, 
1780; also, pay roll tor 6 mos. raised by the town of Greenwich for service in the 
Continental army during 1780; marched July 17, 1780; discharged Dec. 30, 1780; 
service, 5 mos. 21 days. 

FIELD, JOHN, Milton. Private, Capt. John Bradley's (Milton) co., Col. Lem- 
uel Robinson's regt. ; service, n days, subsequent to Concord fight and before com- 
pletion of standing army. Roll dated Milton, Dec. 21, 1775. 

FIELD, JOHN, Milton. Private, Capt. Elijah Vose's co., 36th regt. ; company 
return dated Fort No. 2 (probably Oct., 1775); also, Capt. Elijah Vose's co.. Col. 
John Greaton's regt. ; order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Cam- 
bridge, Dec. 2, 1775. 

FIELD, JOHN, Milton. Matross. Capt. John Gill's (6th) co., Col. Thomas 
Craft's (artillery) regt. ; service from Feb. i, 1777, to May 8, 1777, 3 mos. 7 days. 

FIELD, JOHN, Milton. List of men raised to serve in the Continental army 
trom Capt. Bradley's co., Col. Benjamm Gill's regt., dated Stoughton, June 27, 
1777; residence, Milton; engaged tor town of Milton; joined Capt. Williams's co., 
Col. Greaton's regt. ; term, 3 yrs. ; also, list of men mustered by Nathaniel Barber, 
muster master for Suffolk Co., dated Boston, May 11, 1778; Capt. Colton's co.. Col. 
Greaton's regt.; also, sergeant, Capt. Robert Oliver's co.. Col. John Greaton's 


regt. ; Continental army pay accounts for service from May i, 1777, to Dec. 31, 
1779; also, Capt. Edward Cumpston's co., Col. Greaton's (2d) regt. ; return of men 
in camp on or before Aug. 15, 1777; also, recommendation signed by John Greaton, 
colonel of 3d Mass. regt., stating that there were a number of vacancies for ensigns 
in his regiment, and recommending said Field and four others as qualified for the 
positions; ordered in Council March 4, 1780, that said officers be commissioned; 
said Field's commission to date from April 12, 1778; also, sergeant, Capt. Oliver's 
CO., Col. Greaton's regt. ; Continental army pay accounts for service from Jan. i, 
1780 to May I, 1780. 

FIELD, JOHN, Taunton. Private, Capt. Marcey Williams's co.. Col. Timothy 
"Walker's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May 2, 1775; service, 3 
mos. 7 days; also, company return dated Oct. 6, 1775; also, order for bounty coat 
or its equivalent in money dated Roxbury, Dec. 12, i775; also, private, Capt. Elisha 
Barney's (loth) co.. Col. George Williams's (3d Bristol co.) regt. ; service, 25 days; 
company marched to Warren, via Rehoboth, on the alarm at Rhode Island of Dec. 
8, 1776; roll dated Taunton; also, corporal, Capt. Jonathan Shaw's co., Col. George 
Williams's regt. ; service, i mo. i day; company marched from Raynbam, Taunton, 
and Easton, in Sept., 1777, on a secret expedition; also, private, Capt. John Hask- 
ins's CO., in a regiment commanded by Lieut. Col. Samuel Pierce; enlisted May 28, 
1779; discharged July i, 1779; service, i mo. 6 days, travel included, at Tiverton; 
company raised to serve at Rhode Island until July i, 1779. 

FIELD, JOHN. Private, Capt. Peter Procter's co., Lieut. Col. Williams's 
regt. ; enlisted July 10, 1777; discharged Aug. 12, 1777; service, i mo. 6 days, travel 
included ; company marched to reinforce northern army. 

FIELD, JOHN. Private, Capt. Enoch Robinson's co. ; enlisted Aug. 12, 1779; 
discharged Sept 11, 1779; service, i mo. i day; company ordered to serve at 
Rhode Island tor 4 weeks under Capt. Commandant Samuel Fisher; roll sworn to 
at Attleborough. (See Thomas Field.) 

FIELD, JOHN. Return of men raised tor Continental service, agreeable to re- 
solve of Dec. 2, 1780; engaged April 23, 1781; engaged for town of Boston; term, 3 
yrs. ; also, private, Capt. William Moore's co., Col. William Shepard's (4th) regt.; 
muster roll for May, 1781, dated West Pomt; reported on command at the lines; 
also, muster roll for June, 1781, sworn to in Camp at Phillipsborough ; reported de- 
serted June 12, 1781. 

FIELD, JOHN. 6th Mass. regt. ; return of men entitled to $80 gratuity for 
serving during war, endorsed "to 1782;" also, Capt. Daniel Pilsbury's co., Lieut. 
Col. Calvin Smith's (6th) regt. ; wages allowed from Jan. to Dec, 1782. 12 months. 

FIELD, JOHN, JR., Braintree. Private, Capt. John Hall, Jr.'s co. of Minute- 
men ot North Parish in Braintree, Col. Benjamin Lincoln's regt., which assembled 
April 19, 1775, and also April 29, 1775; service, 7 days; also, Capt. Edmund Bil- 
lings' CO. ot North Precinct in Braintree, Col. Jonathan Bass's regt. ; service, 2 days; 
company assembled June 13, 1776, to drive British ships from Boston harbor; roll 
sworn to at Boston. 

FIELD, JONATHAN. Private, Capt. Oliver Vose's co.. Col. Robertson's 
regt. ; service, 15 days; company marched to Roxbury subsequent to Concord fight 
and there served before completion of the standing army; roll sworn to Feb. 12, 
1776; also, Capt. John Bradley's (Milton) co.. Col. Benjamin Gill's regt.; service, 5 
days; company marched to Dorchester Neck, March 4, 1776, when the forts were 
erected on the Heights. 

FIELD, JONATHAN. Private, Capt. Edward Fuller's co , Col. Brooks's regt. ; 
company return endorsed "Oct., 1776;" reported wounded and in hospital. 

FIELD. JONATHAN. Private, Capt. Joseph Slarrow'sco., Col. David Wells's 


regt. ; enlisted Sept. 23, 1777; discharged Oct. 18, 1777; service, i mo. i day, travel 
included, on expedition to the northwest. Roll dated Leverett. 

FIELD, JOSEPH (also given Jos., 2d), Braintree. Private, Capt. John Hall, 
Jr. 's CO. of Minute-men of North Parish in Braintree, Col. Benjamin Lincoln's regt., 
which assembled April 19, 1775, and also April 29, 1775; service, 214. days; also, cor- 
poral, Capt. Edmund Billings's co. ot North Precinct in Braintree, Col. Jonathan 
Bass's regt.; service, 5 days; company assembled June 13, 1776, to drive British 
ships from Boston harbor; roll sworn to at Boston. 

FIELD, JOSEPH, Greenwich. Private, Capt. Joseph Hooker's co. ot Minute- 
men, Col. Ruggles Woodbridge's regt.,^which marched April 20, 1775, in response 
to the alarm ot April 19, 1775; service, 11 days; also, Capt. Isaac Gray's co.. Col. 
Jonathan Brewer's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted May i, 1775; 
service, 3 mos. 8 days; also, company return dated Prospect Hill, Oct. 6, 1775. 

FIELD, JOSEPH, North Yarmouth. Capt. John Worthley's co.. Col. John 
Phinney's regt. ; billeting allowed from date of enlistment, May 12, 1775, to date of 
marching to headquarters, July 6, 1776; credited with 55 days' allowance; also, cor- 
poral, same co. and regt.; company return (probably Oct., 1775), dated Camp at 
Cambridge; also, company receipt given to Lieut. Cnspus Graves for wages for 
Nov. and Dec, 1775; dated Cambridge, Feb. 20, 1776; also, list ot men raised in 
Cumberland co. for the term of 9 mos. from the time ot their arrival at Fishkill ; 
Capt. Gray's co., Col. Mitchell's regt. ; age, 29 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 9 in.; complexion, 
light; residence, North Yarmouth; arrived at Fishkill, June 11, 1778; also, list of 
men returned as received of Maj. James Johnson, by Jonathan Warner, commis- 
sioner, at Fishkill, June 25, 1778; also, list of men returned by Brig. Lemuel Thomp- 
son, dated Brunswick, July i, 177S; also, list of men returned as received of Jona- 
than Warner, Commissioner, by Col. R. Putnam, July 20, 1778. 

FIELD, JOSEPH, Wrentham. Private, Capt. Oliver Pond's co. of Minute- 
men, which marched on the alarm ot April 19, 1775; service, 11 days; also, list of 
men drafted from the militia to march to Horse Neck under command of Col. 
Mcintosh (year not given), but who failed to join regiment; reported drafted trom 
Wrentham ; dratted into Capt. Fisher's co. 

FIELD, JOSEPH. Private, Capt Phineas Stearns's co. ; service, 5 days; com- 
pany marched trom Watertown by order of Gen. Washington to reintorce army at 
the taking of Dorchester Heights in March, 1776. 

FIELD, JOSEPH. Private, Capt. Ezekiel Plimpton's co.. Col. Hawes's regt. ; 
enlisted Sept. 25, 1777; discharged Oct. 28, 1777; service, i mo. 7 days, travel in- 
cluded, at Rhode Island ; roll dated Medfield. 

FIELD, JOSEPH. List of prisoners sent from Newport, R. I., in the prison 
ship "Lord Sandwich" and landed at Bristol, March 7, 1778. 

FIELD, JOSEPH (also given Jr.). ist lieutenant. Capt. William Spinney's 
(nth) CO., Col. John Frost's (2d York co.) regt. of Mass. militia; list of officers 
chosen by respective companies in said regiment, as returned by Col. Frost and 
others, field officers, dated Kittery, Sept. 3, 1776; said Field chosen in room of 
Lieut. William Spinney, promoted; ordered m Council, Nov. 14, 1776, that said 
officers be commissioned; reported commissioned Nov. 14, 1776; also, ist lieutenant, 
Capt. Thomas Cutt's co., Maj. Daniel Littlefield's detachment of York co. militia; 
detached July 10, 1779; discharged Sept. 10, 1779; service, 2 mos. on Penobscot 

FIELD, JOSEPH. Sergeant major, Capt. Job Alvord's co.. Col. S. Murray's 
(Hampshire co.) regt.; engaged July 13, 1780; discharged Oct. 10, 1780; service. 3 
mos. 6 days, travel included; company raised to reinforce Continental army tor 3 


FIELD, LEMUEL, Braintree. Private. Capt. John Hall. Jr.'s co. of Minute- 
men ot North Parish, in Braintree, Col. Benjamin Lincoln's regt., which assembled 
April 19, 1775, and also April 29, 1775; service. 2/% days; also, Capt. Seth Turner's 
(Independent) co. ; enlisted May 9, 1775; service, 9 mos. 12 days; enlistment, 
9 mos. 

FIELD. LEMUEL. Private, Capt. Lieut. William Burbeck's co. ; enlisted 
Jan. 17. 1780; service to Oct. 24. 1781, 21 mos. g days, under His Excellency John 
Hancock ; company raised for defense of Castle and Governor's Islands ; roll sworn 
to at Boston; also, Capt. Thomas Cushing's co. ; service from Oct. 25, 1781. to date 
of discharge. May 16, 1782, 6 mos. 22 days; company raised for defense ot Castle 
and Governor's Islands; roll sworn to at Boston. 

FIELD, LEVI. Private. Capt. Peter Procter's co.. Lieut. Col. Williams's regt. ; 
enlisted July 10, 1777; discharged Aug. 12, 1777; service, i mo. 9 days, travel in- 
cluded ; company marched to reinforce northern army ; also, sergeant, Capt. Samuel 
Merriman's (2d) co.. Col. Israel Chapen's (3d) regt.; enlisted Oct. 15, 1779; dis- 
charged Nov. 21, 1779; service, i mo. 14 days, travel included; roll endorsed "serv- 
ice at Claverack." 

FIELD, LIMAS. Seaman, frigate "Deane," commanded by Capt. Samuel 
Nicholson; engaged May i, 1781; service, S mos. ; engagement, 12 mos. ; reported a 
servant to Capt. Nicholson; also, reported died Dec. 31, 1781. 

FIELD. LUKE, East Guilford, Conn. Col. John Paterson's (15th) regt.; list 
of deserters ; age, 26 yrs. ; stature, 5 tt. 10 in. ; complexion, light ; deserted May 10 
(year not given). 

FIELD, MEDAD. Private, Capt. Salmon White's co., Col. Woodbridge's 
regt.; enlisted Aug. 17, 1777; discharged Aug. 19, 1777; service, 4 days, at the 
northward by order ot Gen. Horatio Gates. 

FIELD, MOSES. Private, Capt. Joseph Slarrow's co.. Col. David Leonard's 
regt.; enlisted Feb. 25, 1777; discharged April 10, 1777; service on expedition to 
Ticonderoga; also, Capt. Joseph Slarrow's co.. Col. David Wells's regt.; enlisted 
Sept. 23, 1777; discharged Oct. 18, 1777; service i mo. i day, travel included, on 
expedition to the northward; roll dated Leverett. 

FIELD, NATHAN, Lincoln. List of men raised to serve in the Continental 
army (year not given) ; residence, Lincoln ; engaged for town of Lincoln. 

FIELD, NATHAN, Rhode Island. Cooper, ship "Deane," commanded by 
Capt. Elisha Hinman; descriptive list of officers and crew dated Boston, Nov., 
1780; age, 25 yrs. ; complexion, light; residence, Rhode Island. 

FIELD, NATHAN. List of men raised to serve in the Continental army as 
returned by Capt. Elisha Hunt, sworn to in Hampshire co., April 14, 1779; engaged 
for town of Northfield; joined Col. Lam's (Lamb's) artillery regt. ; term, i year. 

FIELD, NATHANIEL. Corporal. Capt. Elisha Barney's (loth) co.. Col. George 
Williams's (3d Bristol co.) regt. ; service, 19 days; company marched to Warren, via 
Rehoboth, on the alarm at Rhode Island of Dec. 8, 1776; roll dated Taunton; also. 
Capt. Pelatiah Eddy's co.. Col. Abiel Mitchell's regt., commanded by Lieut. Col. 
James Williams. Brig. Gen. Godfrey's (Bristol co.) brigade; service. 8 days; com- 
pany marched from Taunton to Tiverton. R. I., on the alarm of Aug. i. 1780. 

FIELD. NOAH. Whately. Private. Capt. Israel Chapin's co., Col. John Fel- 
low's regt.. which marched April 20, 1775. in response to the alarm ot April 19. 1775; 
service to April 26. 1775. 7 days; also. Capt. Israel Chapin's (2d) co., Col. John Fel- 
low's (8th) regt.; muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted April 27, 1775; service, 3 
mos. 12 days; also, company return dated Oct. 8. 1775; also, order for bounty coat 
or its equivalent in money, dated Dorchester. Nov. 25, 1775; also, sergeant. Capt 
Seth Murray's CO., Maj. Jonathan Clap's regt.; engaged July 9. 1777; discharged 


Aug. 12, 1777; service, i mo. 10 days, travel included, on an expedition to Fort 
Edward and Mosses Creek. 

FIELD, OLIVER, Springfield. Private, Maj. Andrew Colton's co. of Minute- 
men, which marched April 21, 1775, in response to the alarm ot April 19, 1775; serv- 
ice to May 4, 1775, 2 weeks, i day; also, descriptive list of 9 mos.' men raised m 
Hampshire co., agreeable to resolve of June g, 1779, ^s returned by Noah Good- 
man, superintendent; Capt. Burt's co.. Col. Bliss's regt. ; age, 26 yrs. ; stature, 5 it. 
10 in. ; complexion, dark; hair, dark; engaged for town of Springfield; delivered 
to Lieut. William Storey; also, list of men returned as received of Noah Goodman, 
superintendent for Hampshire co., by Justin Ely, commissioner, at Springfield, 
Oct. ig, 1779; also, Capt. Flower's co. ; entered service July 13 (also given July 10 
and July 15), 1779; discharged April 13, 1780; term, 9 mos.; also, private, Capt. 
Samuel Flower's co., Col. John Greaton's (3d) regt. ; muster roll for Aug., 1779, 
dated Camp Highlands; also, muster roll for Sept., 1779, dated Camp Bedford; 
also, muster roll for Oct., 1779, dated Camp Bedford; also, muster roll for Oct., 
1779, dated Camp near Peekskill; also, muster roll tor Nov. and Dec, 1779, dated 
Continental Village; also (late), Capt. Flower's co., Col. Greaton's regt.; muster 
roll for Jan. -June, 1780, sworn to at "Orange Town;" reported discharged; also, 
descriptive list of men raised to reinforce Continental army for the term of 6 mos., 
agreeable to resolve of June 5, 1780, returned as received of Justin Ely, commis- 
sioner, by Maj. Peter Harwood of 6th Mass. regt.. at Springfield, July 6, 1780; age, 
20 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 10 in. ; complexion, light; engaged for town of Springfield; 
arrived at Springfield July 5, 1780; marched to camp July 6, 1780, under command 
of Lieut. Taylor of 2d Mass. regt. ; also, list of men raised for the 6 mos.' service 
and returned by Brig. Gen. Paterson as having passed muster in a return dated 
Camp Totoway, Oct. 25, 1780; also, pay roll for 6 mos.' men raised by the town of 
Springfield for service in the Continental army during 1780; marched July 5, 1780; 
discharged Dec. 13, 1780; service, 5 mos. 15 days; also, private (late), Capt. Samuel 
Flower's co.. Col. John Greaton's (3d) regt. ; muster roll for July, 1780; also, same 
CO. and regt.; muster roll for Aug. and Sept., 1780, dated Camp Orringtown; en- 
listed "July 6, 1780; also, Capt. Joseph Crocker's co., Col. Greaton's regt; muster 
roll tor Oct., 1780, dated Camp Totoway; also, same co. and regt. ; muster roll for 
Nov. and Dec, 1780, dated Camp at West Point. 

FIELD, PETER, Salem (also given Marblehead). Private, Capt. Micajah 
Gleason's CO., Col. John Nixon's (5th) regt.; muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; en- 
listed May I, 1775; service, 3 mos. 8 days; also, company return dated Sept. 30, 
1775; reported "absent, Quebec." 

FIELD, PETER. Seaman, ship "Pliarne," Samuel Green, master; engaged 
June 12; discharged Sept. 17 (year not given); service, 3 mos. 5 days. 

FIELD, PHILIP. List of men raised for Continental service, agreeable to 
resolve of Dec. 2, 1780; engaged Jan. 6, 1781 ; engaged for town of Boston. 

FIELD, PHINEAS, Northfield. Private, Capt. Elihu Lyman's co.. Col. Elisha 
Porter's (Hampshire co. ) regt. ; enlisted July 25, i77g; discharged Aug. 31, 1779; serv- 
ice, I mo. 13 days, travel included, at New London, Conn. ; also, descriptive list 
dated Warwick, Aug. 4, 1780, of men detached from 6th Hampshire co. regt., agree- 
able to order of court of June 22, 1780, to serve for the term of 3 mos. from time ot 
arrival at Claverack; Capt. Seth Pierce's co.. Col. Seth Murray's regt.; enlisted 
July 15, 1780; discharged Oct. 10, 1780; service, 3 mos. 6 days, travel included; com- 
pany raised to reinforce Continental army for 3 mos. ; roll dated Leverett. 

FIELD, RICHARD, Bridgewater. Private, Capt. Josiah Hayden's co. of 
Minute-men, Col. Bailey's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; 
service, 12 days; also, corporal, Capt. Josiah Hayden's co., Brig. Gen. John 


Thomas's regt. ; muster roll dated Aug. i, i775; enlisted May i, i775; service, 3 
mos. I week i day; also, company return dated Oct. 6, 1775; also, muster roll 
made up from Sept. i, 1775, to Oct. 30, 1775, 61 days, dated Camp at Roxbury; also, 
sergeant, Capt. Daniel Lathrop's (7th) co., Col. Thomas Craft's (artillery) regt; 
abstract tor advance pay, travel allowance, etc., dated Boston, June 3, 1776; also, 
same co. and regt; enlisted May 13, 1776; service to Aug. i, 1776, 62 days, travel 
included; also, same company and regt,; service from Aug. i, 1776, to Nov. i, 1776, 
3 mos.; also, same co. and regt.; service from Nov. i, 1776, to Feb. i, 1777, 3 
mos.; reported as serving i mo. in colony service, 2 mos. in Continental service; 
also, same co. and regt.; service trom Feb. i, 1777, to date ot discharge. May 7, 
1777, 3 mos. 7 days. 

FIELD, RICHARD, Mansfield. Private, Capt. Abiel Clap's co. of Minute- 
men, Col. John Dagget's regt. ; service between April 19 and April 29, 1775, 9 

FIELD, RICHARD. Private, Capt. David Packard's co.. Col. Cary's regt; 
service, 11 days; company marched to Rhode Island on the alarm of July 22, 1780. 

FIELD, RICHARD. Private, Capt John Dean's co.. Col. Isaac Dean's (4th 
Bristol CO.) regt. ; enlisted Aug. i, 1780; discharged Aug. 7, 1780; service, 9 days, 
on the alarm at Rhode Island of Aug. i, 1780; roll dated Mansfield. 

FIELD, ROBERT, Greenwich. Corporal, Capt Joseph Hooker's co. of 
Minute-men, Col. Ruggles Woodbridge's regt, which marched April 20, 1775, in 
response to the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 18 days. 

FIELD, ROBERT. Private, in a company commanded by Capt Isaac Powers 
of Greenwich, Col. Elisha Porter's regt; enlisted July 10, 1777; discharged Aug. 
12, 1777; service, i mo. 9 days, travel included; company marched to join northern 
army under Gen. Schyl, or Schuyler, on an alarm. 

FIELD, ROBERT. 2d lieutenant Capt Joseph Hooker's (nth) co., Col. E. 
Porter's (4th Hampshire co.) regt of Mass. militia; list of officers; commissioned 
June 29, 1780. 

FIELD, ROBERT. Fifer, Lieut Cols.' co.. Col. Smith's regt ; Continental 
army pay accounts for service from Jan. i, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780; term, during war; 
also, 3d CO., Col. Thomas Nixon's (6th) regt ; return of men entitled to $80 gratuity 
for serving during war, endorsed "to 1782;" also, drummer, Capt Ebenezer Smith's 
CO., Lieut. Col. Calvin Smith's (6th) regt; wages allowed tor Jan., 1781, Dec, 1782, 
24 mos. 

FIELD, SAMUEL, Amherst. Private, Capt Noadiah Leonard's co.. Col. Rug- 
gles Woodbridge's regt., which marched to the alarm of April 19, 1775; service 7 
days; also, Capt. Noadiah Leonard's co.. Col. Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge's 
(25th) regt.; company receipt for advance pay for i month dated Cambridge, June 
24, 1775; also, corporal, same co. and regt ; muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; enlisted 
April 27, 1775; service 3 mos. 12 days; also, company return (probably Oct., i775); 
also, corporal, Capt. Moses Harvey's co., Col. David Well's regt. ; engaged May 
loth, 1777; discharged July loth, 1777; service, 2 mos. 10 days, travel included, in 
Northern department; roll dated Montague. 

FIELD, SAMUEL. 2d lieutenant, Capt Robert Foster's (7th) co.. Col. 
Timothy Pickering Jr. 's (ist Essex Co.) regt of Mass. militia; return dated Salem, 
May 15, 1776, signed by Col. Timothy Pickering, Jr., and Joseph Sprague, of officers 
chosen by several companies of militia in Salem, and returned to be commissioned; 
said officers accepting appointments, however, only upon the condition that the 
General Court will compel a more equal distribution as to the persons required to 
undergo military training and be subject to service calls, and also in order that the 
present existing companies may be kept fully trained and equipped ; ordered in 


Council June 6, 1776, that said oflBcers be commissioned; reported commissioned 
June 6, 1776. 

FIELD, SAMUEL. Private, Capt, Thomas Newcomb's co., Col. Joseph 
Webb's regt. ; enlisted Sept. 6, 1781; discharged Dec. 5, 1781; service, 3 mos. 10 
days, travel included, at Peekskill, N. Y. 

FIELD, SETH, Northfield. Descriptive list dated Warwick, Aug. 4, 1780, ot 
men detached from 6th Hampshire Co. regt. ; agreeable to order ot General^Court ot 
June 22, 1780, to serve for the term ot 3 months from the time of their arrival at 
Claverack;' Capt. Seth Pierce's co.. Col. Seth Murray's (Hampshire Co.) regt.; 
age, 18 yrs. ; stature, 5 ft. 7 in.; complexion, dark; residence, Northfield; rank, 
private; mustered July 20, 17S0; also, corporal, Capt. Seth Pierce's co.. Col. Seth 
Murray's (Hampshire Co.) regt. ; enlisted July 15, 1780; discharged Oct. 10, 1780; 
service, 3 mos. 6 days, travel included ; company raised to reinforce Continental 
Army for 3 months ; roll dated Leverett. 

FIELD, SETH. Private, Capt. Enoch Chapin's co.. Col. Jacob Garrish's 
regt.; enlisted Aug. 7, 1778; discharged Dec. 14, 1778; service, 4 mos. todays, 
travel included ; company detached from militia of Hampshire Co. to guard stores 
at Springfield and Brookfield for 6 months from July i, 1778. 

FIELD, SPENCER, Rutland. Official record of a ballot by the House of 
Representatives dated Jan. 23, 1776, of officers chosen to command the 6 regiments 
raised to serve before Boston until April i, 1776; said Field chosen Surgeon's Mate, 
Col. Josiah Whitney's Worcester Co. regt. ; appointment concurred in by Council 
Jan. 23, 1776. 

FIELD, THOMAS. Private, Capt. Enoch Robinson's co. ; enlisted Aug. 12, 
1779; discharged Sept. 12, 1779; service, i ijio. 2 days, in a regiment under Capt. 
Commandant Samuel Fisher at Rhode Island, Roll sworn to at Attleborougb. 
(See John Field.) 

FIELD, THOMAS. List of men raised to serve in the Continental Army (year 
not given) ; engaged for town of Waltham. 

FIELD, WILLIAM, Braintree. Corporal, Capt. John Hall, Jr.'s co. of 
Minute-men of North Parish in Braintree, Col. Benjamin Lincoln's regt. which 
assembled April 19, 1775, and also April 29, 1775; service, 7 days; also, Capt. Ed- 
mund Billing's CO. of North Precinct in Braintree, Col. Jonathan Bass's regt. ; ser- 
vice, 5 days; company assembled June 13, 1776, to drive British ships from Boston 
harbor; roll sworn to at Boston. 

FIELD, WILLIAM, Leverett. Private, Capt. Reuben Dickenson's co. of 
Minute-men, Col. R. Woodbridge's regt. ; which marched on the alarm of April 19, 
1775; service, 16 days; also, Capt. Joseph Slarrow's co., Col. David Well's regt.; 
enlisted Sept. 23, 1777; discharged Oct. 13, 1777; service, 26 days, travel included, 
on an expedition to the Northward. 

FIELD, WILLIAM. Private, Capt. Eliphalet Sawen's co.. Col. William 
Mcintosh's regt.; enlisted March 25, 1778; discharged April 8, 1778; service, 13 
days, with guards at Roxbury. 

FIELD, ZACHARIAH, Amherst, Return of men drafted from Hampshire 
Co. militia to march to Horse Neck under command of Colonel Samuel How 
(year not given), but who failed to join regiment; drafted to Amherst; drafted 
into Capt. Brakenridge's co. 

FIELD, ZACHARIAH. Private, Capt. Seth Murray's co.. Col. Ezra May's 
regt.; enlisted Sept. 20, 1777; discharged Oct. 14, 1777; service, i mo., travel in- 
cluded, on an expedition to Saratoga. 

FIELD, ZEB., Dighton. Private, Capt. Jacob Fuller's co,. Col, John Jacob's 


regt. ; enlisted July 7, 1778; service, 5 mos. 26 days, at Rhode Island; enlistment to 
expire Jan. i, 1779. 

FIELD, ZEBULON. Taunton. Drummer, Capt. Joshua Wilbore's co., Col. 
Ebenezer Francis's regt. ; pay abstract tor mileage, etc., to camp and home; credited 
with two days' allowance; company drafted from Taunton, Raynham, Easton, 
Dartmouth, Freetown, Berkley, and Dighton ; warrant for pay allowed in Council 
Nov. 29, 1776; also, Capt. Elisha Barney's (loth) co., Col. George William's (3d 
Bristol Co.) regt.; service, 25 days; company marched to Warren, via Rehoboth, 
on the alarm at Rhode Island of Dec. 8, 1776; also, Capt. Jonathan Shaw's co.. Col. 
George William's regt.; service, i mo. i day; company marched from Raynham, 
Taunton, and Easton, in September, 1777, on a secret expedition. 

FIELD, ZEBULON (also given Jr.), Taunton, ist lieutenant, Capt. Israel 
Trow's CO., Col. Jacob French's regt. ; list ot officers chosen to command companies 
in regiment raised in Bristol and Cumberland counties and stationed at Winter 
Hill, Feb. 27, 1776; company raised in Norton, Taunton, Freetown, Dartmouth, 
Mansfield, Raynham, and Middleborough ; ordered in Council March 26, 1776, that 
said officers be commissioned ; reported commissioned March 13 (?), 1776; also, ist 
lieutenant, Capt. Elisha Barney's loth (Taunton) co., 3d Bristol Co., regt. of Mass. 
militia; list of officers chosen by the several companies in said regiment, as returned 
by George Williams, and James Williams, Jr., field officers; ordered in Council 
April 13, 1776, that said officers be commissioned; reported commissioned April 5 
(?), 1776; also, lieutenant, Capt. Elisha Barney's (loth) co.. Col. George Williams's 
(3d Bristol Co.) regt. ; service, 25 days; company marched to Warren via Rehoboth, 
on the alarm of Rhode Island, ot Dec. 8, 1776; also, lieutenant, Capt. Ichabod 
Leonard's co.. Col. John Hathaway 's regt; service, 22 days; company marched 
from Taunton to Tiverton, R. I., in April, 1777, by order of Brig.-Gen. Godtrey; 
also, ist lieutenant. Capt. Jonathan Shaw's co.. Col. George Williams's regt.; 
service i mo. i day; company marched from Raynham, Taunton, and Easton, in 
Sept., 1777, on a secret expedition. 

FIELD, ZEBULON. Private, Capt. Ebenezer Deane's co.. Col. Thomas 
Carpenter's regt.; service i mo. 4 days; company marched from Taunton, via 
Rehoboth and Bristol, to Providence, R. I., and thence home. Roll dated Nov. 5, 


FIELD, ZEBULON. Private, Capt. Pelatiah Eddy's co.. Col. Abiel Mitchel's 
regt., commanded by Lieut. -Col. James Williams, Brig.-Gen. Godfrey's (Bristol Co.) 
brigade; service, 8 days; company marched from Taunton to Tiverton, R. I., on 
the alarm ot Aug. i, 1780. 

FIELD, ZEBULON. Private, Capt. Pelatiah Eddy's co.. Col. Abiel Mitchel's 
regt. commanded by Lieut. -Col. James Williams, Brig.-Gen. Godfrey's (Bristol 
Co.) brigade; service, 8 days; company marched trom Taunton to Tiverton, R. I., 
on the alarm of Aug. i, 1780. (This name appears twice on roll.) 

FIELD, ZEBULON, JR.. Taunton. Private, Capt. Joshua Wilbore's co.. Col. 
Josiah Whitney's regt. ; service i mo. 23 days; company marched from Taunton to 
Providence, R. I. ; roll made up tor wages and travel, agreeable to resolve ot 
April — , 1777, and sworn to at Taunton, Sept. 23, 1777. 

FIELD, ZENAS (also given Ezenous), Hatfield. Capt. Israel Chapin's co. of 
Minute-men, Col. John Fellows's regt, which marched April 20, 1775, in response 
to the alarm ot April 19, 1775; service to April 26, 1775. 7 days; also, Capt Israel 
Chapin's (2d) co., Col. John Fellows's (8th) regt; muster roll dated Aug. i, 1775; 
enlisted April 27, 1775; also, order tor bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated 
Dorchester, Dec. 6, 1775; also. Private, Capt. Salmon White's co.. Col. David 
Wells's regt.; marched May 10, 1777; discharged July 10, 1777; service, 2 mos. to 


days, travel included, on expedition to Ticonderoga; also, Capt. Seth Murray's cc, 
Col. Ezra May's regt. ; enlisted Sept. 20, 1777; discharged Oct. 18, 1777; service, 
I mo. , travel included, on expedition to Saratoga. 

FIELDS, ABIEZER. Taunton. Private, Capt, Jacob Kaskins's co., Col. John 
Jacob's regt; enlisted June i, 1778; service, 11 days; company detached to guard 
the shore at Freetown tor 10 days by order of Brig-Gen. George Godfrey. 

FIELDS, ABISHAL. Private, Capt. Simeon Cobb's co., 3d regt.. Gen. God- 
frey's brigade; enlisted Aug. 14, 1779; service, i mo. 2 days; company detached 
from militia and ordered to serve under Capt. Samuel Fisher at Rhode Island for 
4 weeks. 

FIELDS. BEZALEEL. List ot men raised in Bristol Co. for the term of 
9 months from the time ot their arrival at Fishkill, agreeable to resolve ot April 
20, 1778, returned as received of Jonathan Warner, Commissioner, by Col. R. 
Putnam, July 20, 1778; engaged for town of Attleborough ; arrived at Fishkill June 
17, 1778. 

FIELDS, DANIEL, Buxton. List sworn to at Buxton, Aug. 26, 1777, ot men 
enlisted into the Continental Army, as returned to Col. Tristam Jordon, by the 
Selectmen of the town of Buxton ; residence, Buxton ; also. Private, Capt. Porter's 
CO., Col. Tupper's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. i, 
1780 to Feb. 27, 1780. 

FIELDS, JOHN, Andover. Fifer, Capt. Stephen Abbot's co., Col. Benjamin 
Tupper's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service trom Feb. 19, 1777 to 
Dec. 31, 1779; reported as serving 8 mos. 12 days as private, 26 mos. as fifer; pro- 
moted to fifer Nov. 1,1777; also, private, Capt. Benjamin Farnum's co.. Col. Eben- 
ezer Francis's regt. ; rations allowed from date of enlistment, Feb. 19, 1777, to time 
of arrival at Bennington; credited with allowance to March 28, 1777, 49 days, in- 
cluding II days for 220 miles travel; also, Capt. Farnum's co.. Col. Benjamin Tup- 
per's regt.; return dated Jan. 24, 1778; residence, Andover; enlisted for town of 
Andover; reported sick at Albany; also, fifer, Capt. Stephen Abbot's co.. Col. 
Tupper's (15th) regt.; muster roll for March, 1779; dated West Pomt; term, 3 
years ; also, same co. and regt. ; Continental Army pay accounts for service from 
Jan. I, 1780 to Feb. 19, 1780; reported discharged. 

FIELDS, JONATHAN, Buxton (also given Scarborough). Private, Capt. 
Jeremiah Hill's co., Col. James Scammon's {30th) regt. ; muster roll dated Aug. i, 
1775; enlisted May 3, 1775; service 12 weeks, 6 days; also, company return dated 
Sept. 27, 1775; also, Garrison at Fort George, Dec. 8, 1776; enlisted Jan. i, 1776; 
reported discharged Sept. 26, 1776; also, Capt. Burbank's co., Col, Sprout's regt; 
Continental Army pay accounts for service trom Jan. i, 1777 to Jan. 17, 1778; resi- 
dence, Buxton; reported died Jan. 17, 1778; also, Capt. Silas Burbank's co., Col. 
Samuel Brewer's regt; return dated Camp near Valley Forge, Jan, 23, 1778; resi- 
dence, Scarborough ; enlisted tor town ot Scarborough ; mustered by Daniel Insley, 
Muster Master ; term, during war ; reported sick and absent, 

FIELDS, JOSEPH, Private, Capt Samuel Fisher's co,, Col, Ephraim Wheel- 
ock's regt. ; service, 23 days; company ordered to march to Warwick, R. I., on the 
alarm of Dec. 8, 1778, 

FIELDS, ROBERT, Power of attorney dated Feb. i3, 1785, given to Mason 
Wattles by said Fields, a laborer of New York city, to collect the wages, etc., due 
him for service in the Continental Army. 

FIELDS. SOLOMON. List of men raised in Bristol Co. tor the term of 9 
months from the time ot their arrival at Fishkill, agreeable to resolve ot April 20, 
1778, returned as received of Jonathan Warner, Commissioner, by Col. R. Putnam, 
July 20, 1778; engaged for town of Attleborough ; arrived at Fishkill, June 17, 1778. 


FIELDS, THOMAS. Private. Capt. Nathan Dix's co., Col. James Wesson's 
regt. ; muster return made up for 1777; mustered by Col. Barett, State Muster Mas- 
ter ; reported a transient ; also reported deserted. 

FIELDER, JOHN. Private, Capt. Joseph Rea's co. ; enlisted July 25, 1776; 
discharged Oct. 28, 1776; service, 3 mos. 3 days, in defence ot seacoast ; company 
ordered to serve at the Lines in Beverly by order of Council of July 20, 1776. 

FIELDING, JOHN, Newburyport. List of men raised to serve in the Conti- 
nental Army from 2d Essex Co. regt., as returned by Maj. Ralph Cross, sworn to in 
Essex Co., Feb. 16, 1778; residence, Newburyport; engaged for town of Newbury- 
port; joined Capt. Moses Greenleaf's co., Col. Ebenezer Francis's regt.; term, 3 
years; also, private, Capt. Greenleaf's co.. Col. Benjamin Tupper's (loth) regt.; 
Continental Army pay accounts for service from Feb. 18, 1777 to Dec. 31, 1779; 
reported taken prisoner July 7, 1777; also, same co. and regt. ; return dated Jan. 25. 
1778; mustered by Continental and County Muster Masters; reported a foreigner; 
also reported taken prisoner at Hubelton. 

FIELDING, JOHN. Private, Capt. Abram Washburn's co.. Col. Theophilus 
Cotton's regt. ; marched March 10, 1781 ; discharged April i, 1781 ; service, 22 days 
company marched to Newport, R. I., March 10, 1781, for 40 days' service. 


BENJ, FIELD. JR. Westchester co. militia. 3d regt., Col. Pierre Van Cort- 
land t and Col. Sam'l Drake. (Enlisted men.) Page 211. 

CUMFURT FIELD. Same as Benj. 

COMFORT FIELD. Dutchess Co. militia (Land Bounty Rights). Third 
regt. (Enlisted men.) Page 241. 


JOSEPH " [ Same as Comfort Field. Page 241. 


JAMES FIELD. The line, 3d regt., Col. James Clinton and Col. Peter Ganse- 
vort. (Enlisted men. ) Page 42. 

COL. JOHN FIELD. Dutchess Co. militia, 3d regt., Col. John Field and Col. 
Andrew Morehouse. Page 139. 

JESSE FIELD. Dutchess Co. militia, 3d regt.. Col. John Field and Col. 
Andrew Morehouse. (Enlisted men. ) Page 139. 

JESSE FIELD. Dutchess Co. militia, 6th regt., Col. Morris Graham and Col. 
Roswell Hopkins. (Enlisted men. ) Page 145. 

JOS. FIELD. Westchester Co, militia (Land Bounty Rights) 4th regt.. Adj. 
Thomas Hunt. (Enlisted men.) Page 268. 

NEMIAH FIELD. Same as Jos. Field. Page 268. 

NATHAN FIELD. Dutchess Co. militia, 6th regt.. Col. Morris Graham and 
Col. Roswell Hopkins. (Enlisted men.) Page 145. 

PATRICK FIELD. The line, ist regt, Col. Goose Van Schaick, Lieut.-Col. 
Cornelius Van Dyck. (Enlisted men.) Page 21. 

PHILIP FIELDS. The line, 2d regt. Col. Philip Van Cortland, Lieut-Col. 
Robt. Cochran. (Enlisted men.) Page 32. 

SOLOMON FIELD. Dutchess Co. militia (Land Bounty Rights), 7th regt., 
Major Adams. (Enlisted men.) Page 252. 

STEPHEN FIELD. Same as Solomon Field. Page 252. 

THOMAS FIELDS. Dutchess Co. militia, 6th regt, Col. Morris Graham, 
Col. Roswell Hopkins. (Enlisted.) Page 145. 



JESSIE FIELD. Private, Wessenfels' regt, company Hunt. Page 371. 

JESSIE FIELD. Private, Hopkins's regt.. company Barnum. Page 371, 

JESSIE FIELD. Private, Field regt., company Barnum. Page 371. 

JESSIE FIELD. Private, Field regt., company Barnum. Page 371. 

COL. JOHN FIELD. Dutchess Co. militia. May 18, 1776. Page.102. Resolved 
that Col. John Field be appointed muster master of the company to be raised in 
Dutchess Co. Page 135. The council of appointments made the following changes: 
John Field, col., to succeed himselt. 

JOS. FIELD, is hereby appointed lieut. of the said co. to be raised in the 
county of Dutchess, and that the said co. be rendezvous at Fredericksburg and 
Southeast precincts of the said county. Page 135. 

JOS. FIELD. 3d regt, 2d Lieut. Bar nham' SCO. Page 280. Co. raised under 
resolution of Oct. 8, 1776, for the purpose of detecting and defeating conspiracies. 
Nath. Scribner, capt. Jos. Field, ist lieut. Page 286. 

PHILIPP FIELD. 2d co., April 15, 1777, war; died at Valley Forge Aug., 
1778; colored slave of Col. Fields, of S. East, Dutchess Co. Page 188. 

REUBEN FIELD. Capt. Kinsdale's co. , Cumberland Co. militia, ist (lower) 
regt., Jan. 4th, 1776. Page 277. 


ANDREW FIELD. Corp., entered April 23, 1775; payroll of Capt. Henry 
Dearborn's co. in Col. John Starks's regt., to Aug. i, 1775. Page 68. 

ELIHU FIELD. Capt. Wm. Humphrey's co., in the Northern army in the 
Continental service. Page 355. 

HENRY FIELD. Lieut, Capt Philip Putnam's co., Col. Nahum Baldwin's 
regt., raised in Sept., 1776. Page 446. 

JOHN FIELD. Fifer, Capt. Wm. Barron's co. in Col. Isaac Wyman's regt. 
Page 336. 

WAITSTIL FIELD. Enlisted May 3, 1775, Capt Jonathan Whitcomb's co., 
Col. Jas. Reed's regt. Page 93. 

ZACHARIAH FIELD. Same as Elihu Field. Page 355. 

ISRAEL FIELD. Time of engagement July 29., Capt. Oliver Capron's co., 
Col. Sam'l Ashley's regt, which marched to the relief of Ticonderoga. Page 55. 

MOSES FIELD. Private, entered July 4, Capt Elisha Mack's co., raised out 
of Col. Ashley's regt. of militia, June, 1777. Page 67. 

MOSES FIELD. Lieut.-Col. Nichol's regt, N. H. militia, in Gen. Stark's 
brigade. Page 197. 

MOSES FIELD. 2d lieut time of discharge Sept 23, Capt Elisha Mack's 
CO. in Col. Moses Nichol's regt. in Gen. Stark's brigade. Page 226. 

WAITSTILL FIELD. Sergt, discharged June 24, Capt Howlefs co., raised 
from Col. Ashley's regt. ot militia. Page 3. 

WAITSTILL FIELD. Private time ot discharge. Sept 18, Capt Sam'l 
"Wright's CO. in Col. Nichol's regt. and Gen. Stark's brigade of militia. Page 205. 


GAIUS FIELD. Capt Ephraim Stone's co., under command ot Maj. Benj. 
Whitcomb. Page 167. 


GAIUS FIELD. Winchester, private, engagement July 21, Capt. Jonathan 
Smith's rangers. Page 298. 

JOHN FIELDS. Col. Lovewell's return three months' men, Amherst; marched 
Sept. 24. Page 259. 

ROBT. FIELD. Enlisted April 15, 178 1. Page 237. 

ROBT, FIELD. Recruit Rindge (name of town), April 15, 1871. Page 518. 

ROBT. FIELD. Private, 2d regt., 4th co., commanded by Col. Reid, 1781. 
Page 273. 

JOHN FIELD. Fifer, July 23 (mustered), lived in Merymac, age 19; Capt. 
Wm. Barron's co. Page 62. 

JOHN FIELDS. Fifer, went for Amherst; engaged Sept. 20; marched Sept. 
29; commanded by John Mills in Col. Reynold's regt. ot the N. H. militia, 1781. 
Page 436. 

MOSES DICK'N FIELD. Lieut., Col. Samuel Ashley's regt, Co. of Cheshire, 
to reinforce the army of Ticonderoga. Page 97. 

THOS. FIELDS. Private ; same as Moses Dick'n Field. Page 98. 


BENJ. FIELD. Private, enlisted May 18; served i mo. ; Col. Canfield's militia 
regt., Capt. Peter Vaill's co. of guards, stationed in Guilford for the defense ot the 
seacoast, 1781. Page 585. 

BENNET FIELD. Private, 3 days' service; from the town of Mansfield; for 
relief of Boston in the Lexington alarm, April, 1775. Page 16. 

DAVID FIELD. Private, Capt. Hand's co.. Col. Talcott's regt.; these men 
were enlisted March 22 for service on the New York expedition, and discharged 
April 18, 1776. State reg. Page 388. 

EBENEZER FIELD. Private, enlisted July 28; discharged Dec. 18; loth co. 
Capt. Eli Leavenworth, 7th regt. New Haven, Col. Chas. Webb, 1775. Page 84. 

EDMUND FIELDS. Private, Wallingford-Mansfield co. ; enlisted Feb. 20, 
1778; term, war; Corporal July, 1780; Sergeant Jan. i, 1781; Sixth regt., Col, Wm. 
Douglas. List of non-commissioned officers and privates. Page 210. 

EDMUND FIELDS. Sergeant; paid from Jan. i, 1781 to Dec. 31,1781. List 
non-commissioned officers and privates, 4th regt. Conn, line; Col. Zebulon Butler. 
Page 339. 

EDMUND FIELDS. Private, Trumbull. List of Rev. pensioners. Conn., 
1818. Page 634. 

EDWARD FIELDS. Drummer; list of non-commissioned officers and pri- 
vates; Capt. St. John's co. of light infantry, 2d Conn, regt., 1781. Page 352. 

EDWARD FIELDS. Private; residence Providence; enlisted Feb. 4, 1777; 
term, war; Capt. Taylor's light infantry co., Feb., 1783, Col. Herman Swift. Page 

EDWARD FIELD. Musician, Aug. 8, 1777; reduced Sept. 30, 1780; drummer 
Oct., 1780; list of non-commissioned officers and musicians ; Col. Philip Burr Brad- 
ley, 5th regt. Page 195. 

EDWARD FIELD. Drummer, Capt. Chapman's co. ; list ot non-commis- 
sioned officers and privates; Col. Herman Swift, 2d regt. ; paid from Jan. i, 1781 to 
Dec. 31, 1781. Page 328. 

EDW. FIELD (Mary). 62 years of age ; town ot Waterbury ; New Haven Co. 
census pensioners, 1840. Page 660. 


FRANCIS FIELDS. Private; enlisted May 15, 1777; term, 3 years; discharged 
May 15, 1780; Col. John Chandler's 8th regt., 1777-81, Stoddards' co. Page 234. 

FRANCIS FIELD. Private, 1775; July 13 to Dec. 20; 5th co., 57th regt, Col. 
Chas. Webb, Capt. Nathaniel Tuttle. Page 81. 

FRANCIS FIELDS. Private, Capt. Bostwick's co., Chas. Webb (col.) regt.. 
which crossed the River Delaware to Trenton on the evening of Dec. 25, 1776. 
(Rev. roll, pension bureau.) Page 105. 

ELIJAH FIELDS. Private; May 17 to Dec. 16, 1775; Col. Israel Putnam's 3d 
regt., 2d CO. ; Experience Storrs Capt. and also lieut.-col. Page 54. 

GEO. FIELD. Private; residence Woodbury; enlisted Jan. i, 1777; term, 
war; Col. Zebulon Butler, Capt. Robertson's co., ist Conn. regt. Page 364. 

GEO. FIELD. Private; May 31, 1777; term, war; 8th regt. Stoddars' co.. Col. 
John Chandlers, 1777-81. Page 234. 

GEO. FIELDS. Private; pensioner ot 1 81 8; residence in Vermont. Page 639. 

ICHABOD FIELDS. Private, town of Guilford; Col. Canfield's militia regt., 
Sept., 1781. Page 582. 

JAMES FIELDS. Private, Col. Herman Swift's regt, 1783; enlisted Dec, 
1780 to Dec, 1781. List of non-commissioned officers and privates. Page 369. 

JOHN FIELD. Age 81 ; town of Cheshire, New Haven Co. Census of pen- 
sioners, 1840. Page 660. 

JAMES FIELD. Fifer; paid from Dec. 18. 1780 to Dec. 31, 1781. List ot 
non-commissioned officers and privates. Capt. Comstock's co., 5th regt, Lieut.-Col. 
Com'dt. Isaac Sherman. Page 345. 

JAMES FIELDS. Private; residence Woodbury; Capt Elijah Chapman's 
CO., Feb. I, 1783; enlisted Dec, 1781; term, 3 years; Col. Herman Swift. Page 363. 

JOSEPH FIELD. Private; town Norfolk; Col. Canfield's militia regt, Sept., 
1781. Page 583. 

LUKE FIELD. Private, Capt Hand's co.. Col. Talcott's regt The men were 
enlisted March 22 for service in the New York expedition, and discharged April 18, 
1776. Page 388. 

LUKE FIELD. Private, 2d co., Capt Andrew Ward, also lieut-col.. Col. 
David Woosters, 1775; discharged north dep't, Nov. 16, 1775. Page 39. 

JOHN FIELDS. Capt. James Peck's co.. Col. (corporal) Roger Enos' bat- 
talion, Sept. 17, 1777. Page 615. 

JOHN FIELDS. Residing in New Haven county, Conn.; pensioner ot 1832. 
Page 654. 

OLIVER FIELDS. Private; paid from Dec. 23, 1780 to Dec. 31, 1781. 
List of non-commissioned officers and privates. Capt. Comstock's co., 5th 
regt, Lieut.-Col. Com'dt. Isaac Sherman. Page 345. 

PARDON FIELD. Private; residing in New York. Pensioner of 1818. 
Page 642. 

PRESERVED FIELD. Private; June 3, 1780; town of Wethersfield; sandy 
hair and eyes; by trade tailor; 5 ft. 5 in. in stature; dark complexion; discharged 
for Wm. Morrison, April 6, 1779; Col. Sheldon's light dragoons, 1777-83, 4th troop. 
Page 278. 

NATHANIEL FIELD. Private; 32 days; enlisted from Norfolk (town) for 
reliet of Boston in Lexington alarm, 1775. Page 18. 

ROBERT FIELD. Private, 5th regt. Col. Philip Burr Bradley, 1780. List ot 
levies; enlisted July, 1780 — Dec. 9, 1780. Page 203. 

NATHANIEL FIELD. Private, loth co. ; discharged in north dep't Sept 2, 
1775; 4th regt, Col. Benj. Hinman, 1775. This co. served at the siege of Boston. 
Page 62. 


SAMUEL FIELDS. Service 25 days; from town of Mansfield for relief of 
Boston in Lexington alarm, April, 1885. Page 16. 

SAMUEL FIELDS. Private; May 17 — Dec. 17, 1775; 2dco., Experience Storrs, 
capt., also lieut.-col., Col. Israel Putnam, 3d regt. Page 54. 

TIMOTHY FIELD. Lieut., 7th regt. of militia, Col. Wm. Worthington, 1780. 
Page 561. 

TIMOTHY FIELD. Lieut.; town ot Norfolk; Col. Canfield's militia regt., 
Sept., 1 78 1. Page 584. 

TIMOTHY FIELD. Sergeant; town of Guilford; 5 days' service, for relief of 
Boston in Lexington alarm, 1775. Page 12. 

TIMOTHY FIELD. Private, 2d co., Capt. Andrew Ward, also lieut.-col.. Col. 
David Wooster's regt., 1775; discharged Nov. 16. 1775. Page 39. 

ZACH. FIELD. Private; enlisted June 20, for i mo. ; roll of Capt. Peter Vaill's 
CO. of guards stationed in Guilford for defense of seacoast, 1781; Col. Canfield's 
militia regt. Page 585. 

[By Edward Field.] 

ABNER FIELD. Private; Pawtuxet rangers, at Cranston Neck or Long 
Neck now called Pawtuxet Neck; Oliver Arnold, lieut.-col.; second detachment, 
1777. (No. I.) Page 88. 

ABNER FIELD. Private; July, 1778; on duty at Pawtuxet. under Col. Benj. 
Arnold. (R. I. Historical Society military papers.) Page 89. 

JACOB FIELD. Private, under pay abstract of Capt. John Whipple's co., in 
Lieut.-Col. Commandant Geo. Peck's regt., doing duty on R. I. in March, 1781. 
(Providence town papers, No. 2526.) Page no. 

JOHN FIELD. Same as Jacob Field (above). Page no. 

JOHN FIELD. Part owner ot land on which stood Fort Sullivan, probably 
the first revolutionary defense obliterated, 1784. Page 75. 

JEREMIAH FIELD. Private, Pawtuxet rangers ; same asAbner Field (No. 
i). Page 88. 

NEHEMIAH FIELD. Ensign Capt. Jeremiah Olney's 4th co., in Col. Daniel 
Hitchcock's regt. of the Army of Observation, 1775. (Cowell's Spirit of '76 in R. I., 
page 20.) Page 7. 

PARDON FIELD. Fifer; July, 1778, on duty at Pawtuxet under Col. Benj. 
Arnold, Lieut.-Col. Oliver Arnold. (R. I. Historical Society military papers.) 
Page 88. 

PETER FIELD. Same as Jacob. 

WILLIAM FIELD, of Penngansett. Fortifications made (Fort Independence) 
upon the hill southward of his house. Portion of the ancient dwelling is still stand- 
ing to mark the spot where Thomas Field builded more than two centuries ago. 
The construction of this was superintended by Capt. Bernard Eddy, and his bill to 
the town for labor was made up by the following items : Town of Providence to 
Bernard Eddy. Nov. 20, 1775, to i^^ days work; Wm. Field and 2 hands and 
his team at 12s. per day — i8s, etc. Page 62-64. 


THOMAS FIELD. Private, also militia. Official roster of Continental troops. 
Page 192. 

Official Roster of State Troops and Militia under Lieut's Jeremiah Field, pri- 
vate, istregt, Middlesex; sergt., ditto; lieut., ditto. Page 425. 


Official Roster State Troops and Militia. Under privates: Field, Benjamin, 
-Middlesex; Field, Dennis, Middlesex; Field, Elnathan; Field, Hendrick; Field, 
Jeremiah B., Middlesex; Field, John, Middlesex; Field, John B., Middlesex; Field, 
Jonathan, Middlesex; Field, Richard, Middlesex; Field, Richard R. ; Field, Seth, 
Capt. Maxwell's co., 2d regt., Hunterdon; Field, Thomas, Capt. Fisler's co., 
Gloucester, also Continental army; Field, William Morris. Page 592. 

Penn. Archives — Second Series. 

CHAS. FIELD. Private. Non-commissioned officers and privates in Col. 
Stephen Moylan's 4th regt. light dragoons in service of the U. S. Riding master, 
Wm. Thompson; trumpet major. Christian Coon ; Pa. 7th regt. of cavalry, 1777-1783. 
Page 131, vol. XI. 

JOHN FIELD. Scull's co. ; taken Nov. 16, 1776; resided in Botetourt Co. , Va., 
in 1792; 3d Pa. battalion. Col. John Shee. Vol. X., page 114. 

JOHN FIELD. Capt. John Davis's co. ; 7 mo. men; 9th Pa.. Continental line. 
Vol. X., page 699. 

JOHN FIELD. List of soldiers of the Revolution. Vol. XIII., page 69. 

JOHN FIELD. Private; Sept. 25, 1778, 8th class; Lieut. Henry Meyer's co., 
Phil, militia, Wm. Bradford, col. Vol. XIII., page 688. 

JOHN FIELD. App. Feb. 4, 1781, sergeant, Capt. John Geyer's co., 3d regt. 
of foot, Major Richard Salter. Vol. XIII., page 776. 

JOHN FIELD. A servant to J. Knight. Non-associators in lower Milford 
township. Vol. XIV., page 226. 

NATHAN FIELD. Married man. Non-associators in lower Wakefield town- 
ship. Vol. XIV., page 237. 

NEWBERT FIELD. Non-associators in Bristol borough and township. Vol. 
XIV., page 218. 

PETER FIELD. Sept. i, 1781; Capt. Geo. Taylor's co., 1st regt. of foot, com- 
manded by David Reese. Vol. XIII., page 787. 

SAMUEL FIELDS. May 14, 1778; ist lieut, Capt. Philip Matthew's 4th co., 
4th battallion. Col. Samuel Lyon. Vol. XIV., page 413. 

THOMAS FIELDS. Sergeant, Darby; taken Nov. 16, 1776; 5th Pa. battalion, 
Col. Robert Magaw, Capt. John Richardson's co. Vol. X., page 162. 

THOMAS FIELDS. Private. Non-commissioned officers and privates. 6th 
Pa., Continental line. Vol. X., page 597. 

WM. FIELDS. Act of Feb. 25, 1813. Pension list. Vol. XL, page 761. 

WM. FIELDS. Age, 21; 5 ft. 3^ in. tall; farmer; born in England ; enlisted 
April 16, 1777; private; roll of 7th co., Capt. Isaac Sweeny, Lieut. Septimus Davis. 
Vol. XL, page 265. 

WM. FIELD. Non-associators in Buckingham township. Vol. XIV., page 219. 

WM. FIELDS. Private; sick; Trenton; a return of Capt. John co. of 

6th Pa. regt., commanded by Lieut-Col. Josiah Harmar, Sept. 9, 1778. Vol. XV., 
page 460. 



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1. ROGER DEL FIELD, b. Sowerby, England, about 1240; m. . He 

was descended from Sir Hubertus De la Feld and the head of the family which 
settled in Lancaster and Kent counties, England. Res. Sowerby, England. 

2. I. RICHARD, b. about 1276; m. . 

3. ii. THOMAS, b. about 1278; m. . 

2. RICHARD DE FELD (Roger), b. about 1276, in Sowerby, England; m. 

. The existing rolls of Wakefield Manor commence in 1284, but are very 

imperfect until 1306. A roll endorsed 1272 and called first roll, is a mistake for 
first of Edward II., and, therefore, 1307. The first entry in them relating to the 
Field family is in 1306, and refers to a suit of Richard del Feld, of Sowerby, 
against Robert, son of William de Saltonstall. In 1308 Richard de Feld served as 
a juror, being described in the entry as son of Roger del Feld. Throughout the 
part of the Wakefield rolls referred to in this book the name is written "flEeld." 
These two small letters then stood for the capital one, which we now use. Osgood 
Field says, "very probably Richard and Thomas were brothers." Res. Sowerby, 

4. i. ADAM, b. 1299; m. . 

3. THOMAS DEL FELD (Roger), b. Sowerby, England, about 1278; m. 

. He was of Sowerby, a juror in 1307. Named in the Wakefield rolls in 1314, 

and also in 1322, when he was at "Halifax Court." Res. Sowerby, England. 

5. i. JOHN, b. 1300; m. . 

6. ii. ADAM, b. . He was ot Sowerby. Named in the rolls in 1349. 

and then called "son of Thomas de Feld." Mentioned again in 

4. ADAM DEL FELD (Richard, Roger), b. Sowerby, England, 1299; m. 

. In 1333 the name of Adam del Feld appears in the Wakefield Manor rolls, 

and in 1336 he is spoken of as holding a house and twelve acres in Sowerby, when 
he was called a son of Richard del Feld. This Adam is mentioned in these rolls 
several times in the next fourteen years, and in 1349 he was elected greave ot 
Sowerby. This was the chief officer of a graveship. He died shortly after, for 
the entry in 1350 states that he died 1349-50. Res. Sowerby, England. 

7. i. THOMAS, JR., b. 1329; m. Matilda . 

5. JOHN DEL FELD (Thomas, Roger), b. Sowerby, England, 1300; m. 

He was named in the Wakefield Manor rolls in 1326, 1334 and in 1336, when he had 
land at Sowerby. Called "son of Thomas del Feld." Res. Sowerby, England. 

8. i. THOMAS, JR., b. 1330; m. Annabelle . 

7. THOMAS DEL FELD, JR. (Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Sowerby, Eng- 
land, 1329; m. Matilda . He paid heriot in 1350 on a house and twelve acres 

at Sowerby, "after the death of Adam, his father." He had a dispute in 1357 with 
Richard de Leighrod. In 1361 he surrendered to the lord a house and sixteen acres 
at Sowerby, and took back the same with "Matilda, his wife," paying ingress. In 
1370 Isabella, daughter of Richard de Leghrode, deceased, took land from him. 
Referred to in the rolls in 1384, and in 1391. 

Thomas del Feld paid heriot on a house and twelve acres in Sowerby "after 











the death of his father, Adam." Heriot is a fine or tax paid to the lord of a manor 
by a person when inheriting property in it. 

About the same time there was another Adam del Feld at Sowerby, who is 
named in the rolls in 1349, and called then "son of Thomas del Feld." Whether he 
is the Adam mentioned in them in 1393 the writer is unable to state. There were 
also two Thomas del Felds at Sowerby who were contemporaneous, and often dis- 
tinguished in the rolls as senior and junior, but not always so. The land ceded to 
Isabella de Leghrode in 1370 was called "Todehoile." 

In 1369 Thomas del Feld surrendered, and John, son of William Milner, took 
the half of a house and land described as "the Langeroide, in Sowerby in West- 
felde. In the following year this same Thomas ceded a piece of land in Ribburns- 
dene (Ripponden) to Henry Pigle. He is probably the "Thomas Feld" who 
together with his wife is assessed in the Lay subsidy roll for the West Riding of 
Yorkshire, under the head of "Sowerby" in the second of Richard III. (1378-79). 
Res. Sowerby, England. 

JOHN, b. 1359; m. . 

RICHARD, b. ; m. . 

AGNES, b. ; d. unm. before 1397. 

ALICE, b. . She paid heriot on fifteen acres and one-half a 

house in Sowerby "after the death of her sister, Agnes," in 1397. 
It is supposed that this estate was owned jointly by the two sisters, 
and that it is the same one which was in possession of Thomas, Jr. 
and his wife, Matilda, in 1361, from whom it passed to their son 
John, and was inherited from him in 1393 by his brother Richard, 
who was the brother of these ladies. This is all the more probable, 
as we find an entry in 1508. that this property had been in posses- 
sion of William Felde, who was the nephew of Alice and Agnes, 
and the property was then conveyed to the use of his widow. 

8. THOMAS DEL FELD (John, Thomas, Roger), b. Sowerby, England, 

1330; m. Annabelle . He was named in the rolls in 1364 and was elected this 

year to supervise the "agistment and pannage." Constable of Sowerby in 1365, 
and greave there in 1370. He hired Sowerby mill in 1380 with Thomas de Helilee, 
and was a special juror in 1384. In 1370 he took a piece of land of Thomas Wade, 
in "Dedewyf erode," and I think later went to Bradford. 

The name of Thomas del Feld occurs frequently in the Wakefield rolls between 
1348 and 1391, without the addition of senior or junior, so that it is impossible to 
say which one is referred to in these entries. Both senior and junior are mentioned 
in 1384, after which date there is but one entry, in 1391, when the name is simply 
Thomas del Feld. Probably both senior and junior died about this time. Others 
of the family mentioned in the lifetime of the two Thomases who cannot be placed 
with certainty, are Elena del Feld, in 1329 and in 1333, and Margaret, who paid 
heriot in 1357 on a cottage and land in Sowerby, "after the death of John Tomson, 
her uncle." She is called daughter of Thomas del Feld, but ot which I am unable 
to state. He d. about 1391. Res. Sowerby and Bradford, England. 

13. i. THOMAS, b. 1360; m. Isabel . 

9. JOHN DEL FELD (Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Sowerby, Eng- 
land, 1359; m. . He may have been the eldest son — but I think not He 

had had possession at one time of the house and sixteen acres at Sowerby, which 
belonged to his father. He d. about 1393. Res. Sowerby. England. 

14. i. JOHN, b. 1383; m. . 


lo. RICHARD DEL FELD (Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Sowerby, 

England ; m. . Richard del Feld is referred to in the rolls no less than 

twenty-three times between 1393 and 1454 inclusive. He must have lived to a good 
old age, and died about the last date. It was during Richard's lifetime that the 
prefix "del" was dropped from the family name — the wars with France having made 
such adjuncts unpopular. The single name of Feld appears in 1412 in the rolls for the 
first time. After that date it is sometimes preceded by "del," and occasionally by 
"de" until 1446, which is the latest time at which we meet with either of these in 
the records referred to. 

Richard Feld was chosen greave of Sowerby in 1423 and 1428. Probably the 
deed of 1454 to his sons was executed by him in anticipation of his immediate death. 
He d. about 1454. Res. Sowerby, England. 

15. i. ROBERT, b. . In 1427 and 1428 the name of Robert Feld occurs 

in the rolls, and in the entry of the latter year he is called "son of 
Richard." Quite likely he was the same Robert Feld who was 
elected constable of Warley in 1433, as this place is only two or 
three miles from Sowerby. He had a son Richard, to whom his 
grandfather of the same name gave, in 1454, the remainder to a 
house and twenty-three acres "between Feldhouseloyne (Fieldhouse 
lane) on the highway of Ribbornedeyne on the south," which was 
then conveyed to the use of his uncle William for twenty-four 

16. ii. JOHN, b. ; m. . 

17. iii. THOMAS, b. . Thomas Feld, son of Richard, who is named in 

the conveyance of 1440, is not again mentioned in the rolls. It is 
supposed from this that he either died young or left the neighbor- 

18. iv. WILLIAM, b. ; m. Mabill . 

19. V. GEORGE, b. . 

13. THOMAS DEL FELDE (Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. 1360; m. 

Isabel . On the 12th of March, 1429 "Thomas del Felde de Bolton" made his 

will, leaving to his wife, Isabel, all his lands and tenants "in villa and tertory de 
Bynglay" for life, remainder to his heirs. After the death of "Anabelle my 
mother" his son Robert is to have his lands "in villa and tertory of Bradford," and 
if Robert die without issue, remainder to William, his brother. He d. 1429. Res. 
Bradford, England. 

20. i. ROBERT, b. . 

21. ii. WILLIAM, b. ; m. Katherine . 

14. JOHN FELD (John, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Sowerby, Eng- 
land, 1383; m. 1412 ; d. prob. 1423, This branch of the family was seated in 

Normanton and East Ardsley, within a short distance of Wakefield, and near the 
neighboring town of Bradford. All these were of the same family originally, as 
the Fields, of Sowerby. Most of the places referred to were within a radius of ten 
or fifteen miles of that place. The first one mentioned in the Wakefield rolls at any 
of these localities was John Feld, of Normanton, who is referred to in 141 2, and was 
no doubt the progenitor of those of the family who were residing near a little later. 
John was a juror in 1420, and he is named tor the last time in 1423. He d. about 
1423. Res. Normanton, England. 

22. i. RICHARD, b. ; m. . 

16. JOHN FELD (Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Sowerby, 
England ; m. . Besides Robert, Richard had three other sons as appears 










by an entry in 1440, when he surrendered the house and land above referred to, 
which is described as being "between Dedewyfoclogh and Feldhouslone in Sowerby," 
to the use of John, son of said Richard, with remainder to Thomas and William, 
brothers ot John. This last immediately re-conveyed the estate to his father Rich- 
ard tor lite. John had a son Hugh. John was the first mentioned ot the three 
brothers in 1440, and was again mentioned in 1443. He was a juror in 1445. was 
constable of Sowerby in 1449 and 1450. He was not living in 1468, as appears by an 
entry that year. Res. Sowerby, England. 

23. i. CHRISTOPHER, b. ; m. . 

24. ii. HUGH, b. . He was granted remainder to the house and sixteen 

acres in 150S, when he was called "son of the late John Feld." In 
1525 he let Feldhous to William Brig. He is again mentioned in 
the rolls in 1521 and 1525. He is not mentioned again and he 
probably died about this time without issue. 

25. iii. JOHN, b. . In 1468 Christopher Feld surrendered the use of the 

house and twenty-three acres to John, his brother, and the four 

sisters for twelve years. 

ELENA, b. . 


AGNES, b. . 

JOAN, b. . 

18. WILLIAM FELD (Richard, Thomas, Adam. Richard, Roger), b. Sowerby, 

England; m. Mabill . William Feld was greave of Sowerby in 1476. Under 

date of 1508 there is an entry of the surrender of a house and sixteen acres, "for- 
merly in tenure of William Felde de Soreby," "to the use of Mabill, widow of the 
said William Felde, remainder to Hugh, son of the late John Felde, remainder to 
George, brother of the said John." Res. Sowerby, England. 

21. WILLIAM FELD (Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. possibly 

Bradford, England, ; m. Katherine . Letters of administration granted 

his widow April 21, 1480. She was administratrix of the estate. He d. April, 1480. 
Res. Parish of Bradford, England. 

30. i. WILLIAM, b. ; m. . 

31. li. JOHN, b. ; m. . 

22. RICHARD FELD (John, John, Thomas, Adam. Richard, Roger), b. near 

Normanton, England; ro. . He was constable at Normanton in 1436. 

His wife is mentioned in the records in 1446-47-49-50, and as she was not called 
widow then it is presumed he was living. He d. April, 1450. Res. Normanton, 

32. i. RICHARD, b. ; m. . 

23. CHRISTOPHER FELD (John, Richard. Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), 

b. Sowerby, England ; m. . In 1468 Christopher, son of John Felde. gave 

heriot on a house and twenty-three acres, between Dedewyfeclogh and Feldehouse- 
loyne, after the death of his father, John. He immediately surrendered the same 
to the use of John, his brother, and to Elena, Isabella, Agnes and Johne (Joan), their 
sisters, for twelve years. In 1471 Margaret de Felde, at the Overfeldhouse, was 
fined for encroaching on the waste. The fact of there being a Field House lane in 
1440 implies the existence at that time of a Field house, while this last entry shows 
that there were at the date of it — 14 71 — two buildings of that name, an upper and 
a lower Field house. The latter is referred to in 1500, when there was a conveyance 
of land to Christopher Field between Feldhousloyne, the land of Christopher Feld 
and Netherfeldhous. Probably one of these is the edifice referred to hereafter, 


which was pulled down in the early part of this century. Christopher Felde. who 
paid heriot in 1468, was elected greave of Sowerby in 1487. He is named in the 
rolls in 1494 and 1500, and was dead in 1509, when John, described as son of Chris- 
topher Felde, Sowerby, paid heriot tor house and twenty-three and one-half acres 
between Dedewyfeclough and Feldehousloyne after the death of Christopher, his 
father. He was dead in 1509. Res. Sowerby, England. 

33. i. JOHN, b. ; m. . 

34. ii. THOMAS, b. ; m. Margaret . 

30. WILLIAM FELD (William, Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. 
Bradford, England; m. . Res. East Ardsley, England. 

35. i. RICHARD, b. ; m. Elizabeth . 

2S'A' ii- THOMAS, b. . Thomas Felde, supervisor of his brother Rich- 
ard's will in 1542. In 1545 he is assessed for lands in East Ardsley. 
His brother Richard refers to him in his will, "Mr. Thomas Felde, 
my brother." 

36. iii. JOHN, b. about 1519; m. . 

31. JOHN FELD (William, Thomas. Thomas, John. Thomas, Roger), b. 
Bradford, England, ; m. . Res. Bradford, England. 

37. i. JOHN, b. ; m. . 

32. RICHARD FELD (Richard, John, John, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), 

b. Normanton, England; m. . He was constable of "Endeslawe" (Ardsley) 

in 1484. Res. Ardsley, England. 

33. JOHN FELDE (Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, 
Roger), b. Sowerby, England; m. . John inherited the house and twenty- 
three and one-half acres in 1509. He was constable of Sowerby in 151 3 and 1514. 
He was dead in 1520. Res. Sowerby, England. 

38. i. CHRISTOPHER, b. ; m. Grace Gradeheighe. 

39. ii. JOHN. b. ; m. Elizabeth . 

40. iii. JAMES, b. ; m. . 

41. iv. ROBERT, b. ; m. Agnes . 

34. THOMAS FELDE (Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, 

Roger), b. Sowerby, England ; m. Margaret . Thomas, in 1492, took the waste 

land lying near a road in Sowerby, called Feldhousloyne, when he is described as 
son of Christopher Felde, and in 1494 he again took similar land. At this time there 
was much uncultivated land in England, which was called waste. His name does 
not occur after this until 1527, when he surrendered a tract ot land "taken from the 
waste by the said Thomas," and he made a like surrender in 1530. He was dead 
in 1534, as appears by an entry in that year, when George Boethes and others sur- 
render a house and land to the use of Margaret widow of Thomas Feld. He was 
dead in 1534. Res. Sowerby, England. 

35. RICHARD FELDE (William, William, Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, 

Roger), b. probably East Ardsley, England ; m. Elizabeth . Richard made his will 

Aug. 19, 1542, and it was proved Dec. 8, 1542. He describes himself as "husband- 
man of the parish of Ardeslowe," and desires his wife, Elizabeth, and John Felde, 
my son, have the take of the farmhold, and makes them executors. He adds "also 
I will that my children have their portion and that Mr. Thomas Felde, my brother, 
and Christopher Nowell be my supervisors." He d. December. 1542. Res. East 
Ardsley, England. 

__ 42. i. JOHN, b. about 1525; m. Jane Amyas. 
43. ii. OTHER children. 


37. JOHN FIELDE (John, William, Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), 

b. probably in Bradford, England ; m. . He was supervisor of his son 

Thomas' will, dated Jan. 14, 1572-3. He was a juror tor Horton in Barnard's sur- 
vey, 1577. Res. Bradford, Parish of Horton, England. 

44. i. THOMAS, b. ; m. Anne . 

45. ii. WILLIAM, b. ; m. Jenet . 

38. CHRISTOPHER FELD (John, Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, 
Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Sowerby, England; m. there, 1540, Grace Gradeheighe. 
In 1520 he paid heriot on four and one-half acres formerly taken from the waste atter 
the decease of John, his father. This is a smaller estate than his brother John 
inherited, probably because he was the eldest. In 1531 the last named John Feld 
gave Christopher half the rent of the house and twenty-three acres, which had been 
leased in 1529 to Henry Ferror, describing his brother as his lawful heir. In 1539 
Christopher surrendered the reversion, atter his death, of half the rent of this house 
and land, to the use of John, son of Jacobus (James) Feld, which two were at this 
time Christopher's heirs. In the same year he gave heriot on land after the death 
ot Elizabeth, his sister., i. e., sister-in-law. Up to the last date the Wakefield manor 
rolls have been almost the exclusive source of information relating to the family. 
The wills recorded hitherto have been few and far between, but at this time are 
becoming more frequent, and in 1538 parish registers began. Fortunately those of 
Halifax church exist from the beginning, which can be said of very few. One of 
the earliest entries in the register records the marriage of Christopher Fyld and 
Grace Gradeheighe in 1540. In the manor rolls there is an entry in 1554 of the sur- 
render by Christopher Feld of two parts ot four and one-half acres to the use of 
William, Alice and Elizabeth, his children. The name of the last was not found 
among extracts of baptisms from the Halifax registers, but as the entries are some- 
times illegible, it may have been overlooked. This conveyance was probably made 
by Christopher in anticipation of his death, for in the same year — 1554 — his eldest 
son, Edward Felde, paid heriot. Res. Halifax Parish and Sowerby, England. 

EDWARD, bap. 1541; m. Isabella Greenwood. 
JOHANNA, bap. 1543, at Halifax. 
ALICE, bap. 1544, at Halifax. 
GRACE, bap. 1545, at Halifax. 

ELIZABETH, bap. ; named in her father's deed, 1554. 

JOHN, bap. 1547; buried in 1547. 
WILLIAM, bap. 1548; m. Susan Midgley. 

39. JOHN FELD (John, Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Rich- 
ard, Roger), b. Sowerby. England; m. Elizabeth ; d. s. p. in 1534. In 1529 

there was a proclamation concerning John Feld's land, formerly Christopher Feld's, 
and in the same year this John leased the house and twenty-three acres in Sowerby, 
between Dedewyfeclogh and Feldhousloyne, to Henry Ferror. In 1531 John Feld 
gave half the rent from Ferror for this property to Elizabeth, his wife, for life, and 
the other half to Christopher Felde, his lawful heir. This same Christopher paid 
heriot on land in 1534, after the death of Elizabeth, his sister, i. e., sister-in-law. 
From this it will be evident that John Feld must have been the son, and in all 
probability the eldest, of the person of the same name who was dead in 1520, and 
therefore the brother of Christopher, who paid heriot in this year, after the decease 
of John, his father. This is evident not only because we find the John we are 
referring to in possession, m 1529 and 1531, of the house and twenty-three acres, 
which Richard Feld surrendered to his son John in 1440. and which descended 
through him to the first Christopher in 1468, and then to his son John in 1509, but 














also because the John we are speaking of calls Christopher his lawful heir in 1531, 
and more than all, because the last named styles John's wife Elizabeth, his sister, 
whom he paid heriot in 1534, after her death. The presumption is that her husband 
was also dead then and that they died childless. He was dead in 1534. Res., s. p., 
Sowerby, England. 

-40. JAMES FELD (John, Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Rich- 

ard, Roger), b. Sowerby, England; m. . A Jacobus (James) Feld took of 

the waste in 15 14, and he and Christopher are named together in the rolls in 1530. 
In 1534 this James surrendered land to John, Edward and Robert, his sons. Prob- 
ably James was a brother of John and Christopher, and this is the more likely inas- 
much as an entry in 1539 says that the last named surrendered the reversion to half 
the rent of the twenty-three acres leased to Henry Ferror in 1529 to the use of John, 
son of Jacobus (James) Feld. Res. Sowerby, England. 

53. i. JOHN, b. ; m. . 

54. ii. EDWARD, b. . He is not mentioned in the rolls after 1534. 

55. iii. ROBERT, b. . He is no doubt the one of that name referred 

to in 1561, and also in an entry under 1594, which states that 
Robert Wade made a gift to Halifax free schole (school) from lands 
formerly Robert Feilde's. 

41. ROBERT FELDE (John, Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, 
Richard, Roger), b. 1460; m. Agnes . 

The villages of Crotton and Sandal adjoin. They are both in the manor of 
Wakefield, and some two or three miles from the town of that name. About the 
same distance northeast of Crofton is Normanton, where John Feld was residing 
from 141 2 to 1423. Between these two places lies the parish of Warmfield, in which 
another John Feld was living in 15 14-15, at a place called Sharlston, in Warmfield. 
A very few years later we find persons of the name at Crofton and Sandal, which 
looks as if the descendants of John, of Normanton, had spread themselves to these 
two villages through the intervening parish of Warmfield. 

Before proceeding further the author would say that at Sandal stood the famous 
castle of that name, which was the chief seat of the manor from an early period, 
and often the abode of royalty. During the civil wars it was besieged and captured 
by the Parliamentary forces in 1645, and destroyed shortly after, so that only its 
ruins remain. At the period of which the auther is writing Sandal was a more 
important place than Crofton, and it is not improbable that residents of the latter 
and neighborhood should be sometimes described as "of Sandal." It is, therefore, 
unlikely that the Robert, of the manor rolls, and he of the subsidy roll, were not the 
same individual, but father and son. As we get on a difficulty arises in tracing the 
relationship of the different members of this branch of the family, from the frequent 
occurrence of this name and that of Christopher, and the author would remark 
here, that both of these were very common about this time among the Fields of 

In the Wakefield manor rolls, under the head ot Sandal, there is a reference 
in 1520 to lands formerly in the tenure of Robert Felde and Agnes, his wife; and in 
the subsidy roll of the fifteenth Henry VII. (1523-4) "Robert Feylde" and "William 
Feylde" are assessed under the head of Crofton. 

He d. before 1520. Res. Sandal, England. 

56. i. ROBERT, b. ; m. . 

57. ii. WILLIAM, b. ; m. . 

58. iii. CHARLES, b. . 








ALICE, b. . 

CHRISTOPHER, b. ; m. Elizabeth . 


__ 42. JOHN FIELD (Richard. William, William, Thomas, Thomas, John, 
Thomas, Roger), b. about 1525, East Ardsley, England; m. 1560, Jane Amyas. dau. 
of John: d. Aug. 30, 1609. He d. May, 1587. Res. Ardislawe, England. 

John Felde has been styled "the proto-Copernican ot England, inasmuch as he 
was the first to make known in that country by his writings the discoveries of this 
remarkable man, who delayed for a long time the publication of his famous work, 
"De Orbium Coelestium Revolutionibus," on account of the opposition and perse- 
cution to be feared from persons who considered its teachings opposed to those of 
the Bible. Although completed in 1530. it was not printed till 1543, when its author 
was on his death-bed. Works based on the new system (which revolutionized the 
science of astronomy) by Rheticus and Reinhold had appeared in Germany a few 
years earlier, but the "Ephemeris" of John Field for 1557 which was published in 
that year, was the first opportunity afforded the people of England of becoming 
acquainted with the true motions of the heavenly bodies. In the following year he 
issued a similar work, calculated for 1558, 1559, 1560. Probably these were not his 
only publications, but no others have come down to us, and only two copies of these 
are known to exist, the British Museum and Bodleian Library, at Oxford, each 
possessing both works. 

John Field was born probably between 1510 and 1520. It could not have been 
much after the last date, as he was co-executor of his father's will in 1542. Wood, 
the historian of Oxford University, claims that he belonged to that sect of learning, 
which is not improbable, as his writings show that he had received a good classical 
education. It has been impossible to find anything of him anywhere from the 
date of his father's will, 1542, to the publication of his first "Ephemeris," 1557, 
when he was residing in London, where he may have and quite likely did pass 
the fourteen years intervening. A portion of the time he, not improbably, spent 
abroad, and no doubt acquired in Germany his knowledge of, and zeal for, the new 
theories, which he promulgated afterward m his native land. 

By a patent, dated Sept. 4, 1558, the heralds formerly recognized his right to 
the family arms; Sable, a chevron between three garbs argent, and at the same 
time they granted to him the following crest: A dexter arm issuing out of clouds 
fesseways proper, habited gules, holding in the hand, also proper, a sphere or. 
This appropriate crest may be considered a recognition of his services to the cause 
of astronom y. 

We assume that it was about 1560 that he married Jane, daughter of John 
Amyas, ot Kent, as she is described in the Herald's visitation of Yorkshire in 
1584-85. Mr. Hunter in an article referred to elsewhere, says that he had searched 
in vain for genealogical information in Kent without discovering anything of this 
lady, or her family. This failure is easily explained by the fact that the Amyas 
was not a Kentish, but a Yorkshire name. The family had been seated in the 
immediate neighborhood of Ardsley from a early date. In all probability John 
Amyas removed from there to Kent, and possibly his wife's family belonged to that 
county. As tar back as the first of Edward I. the tolls ot Wakefield manor were let 
to John de Amyas for ;i^ioo a year. His daughter, Matilda, married John Water- 
ton, of Walton, whose family has been for centuries one of the most distinguished 
of that neighborhood. The Amyas's were seated for generations at Sandal, Har- 
bury and Thornhill, all of which are within half a dozen miles of East Ardsley, 
where John Field resided. There is no question but he chose a wife among his 


neighbors and friends. On Oct. 29, 1481, the rector of Methley had license to marry 
John Amias, of Thornhill, and Margarec Medley. Robert Amyas was instituted 
vicar of Peniston, May 24, 1498. Hunter, the historian of South Yorkshire, says 
that he was of the Sandal family. There are two shields carved at the end of stalls 
in Sandal church — one with the Percy arms impaling first and fourth Frost 
and second and third Amyas — the last coat being on a bend three roses. The 
other has also the Percy arms impaling Amyas. Above is the inscription "Orate 
pro bono statu Joselyng Pyrcy Armegery. " 

Joselyn Percy was fourth son of the fourth Earl of Northumberland, and mar- 
ried Margaret, only child of William Frost, of Beverly and Featherston. This lady 
inherited from her father lands in Sandal and elsewhere. Jocelyn Percy died in 
1532, and his father-in-law. Frost, in 1529. We learn by the inquisition post mor- 
tem on this Jocelyn, held at Wakefield, the year of his death, that Frost's wife was 
Ann Ranson. She was probably the second one, and the first, and mother of Mar- 
garet, an Amyas. The parish registers of Roystone, which is some five miles south 
of Sandal, began in 1558. There are several entries in the earlier part which relate 
to persons by the name of Amyas, as, for instance, the burial of Elizabeth Amyas 
in 1569, and the baptism of "Beatris" Amyas m 1585. Probably John Field returned 
to East Ardsley not long after his marriage. We find him there at the time of the 
Herald's visitation of Yorkshire, in 1584-5, when he recorded the names ot his wife 
and children, but for some reason, which the writer cannot explain, did not give the 
names of his ancestors, not even that of his father. 

John Field, of East Ardsley, co-executor of his father's will, had the family 
arms confirmed, and a crest granted to him Sept. 4, 1558. The Herald's visitation 
ot Yorkshire, 1585, records the names ot himself, wife and children. His will, dated 
Dec. 28, 1586, was proved May 3, 1587. 

Jane, daughter ot John Amyas, of Kent, executrix ot her husband's will. Her 
own is dated July 17, 1609. Buried at East Ardsley, Aug. 3, 1609. 

Although John Field was one ot the most distinguished pioneers in the cause of 
science of whom England can boast, his memory has been almost entirely and 
unjustly neglected by his countrymen, and even in astronomical circles his is hardly, 
or not at all known. For further information in relation to him the reader is 
referred to Gentleman's Magazine, May, 1834, to an article by Rev. Joseph Hun- 
ter, and November, 1862, to an article by.Osgood Field. 

Will of John Field, the Astronomer. — In the name of God Amen the 
xxxiith day of december a thousand ty ve hundreth eyghtie sixe Anno Regine Dne 
nre Elizabeth Regina viscessimo nono, I John Feld of Ardeslowe in the Countie of 
York farmer sometymes studente in the mathy mathicales sciences, beinge weake 
and feble in bodie but of good and pfect memorie laud and prayse be unto Al- 
myghtie God, do make, ordeyne and declare this my psent testament conteyninge 
therein my last will in maner and forme f oUowinge, that is to say : 

First and principallie I bequeathe and comende my soule unto Almightie 
God my Creator and to his dearlie beloved sonne Jesus Christ my onelie Saviour 
and Redemer, in whome and by the merritts of whose most precious deathe and 
glorious passion, resurrection and assencon I hope and stedtastlie beleve to have full 
and cleare remission, pdone and torgivenes of all my synes and offences. And my 
bodie to the earthe to be buried wthin the pshe church porche* of Ardeslowe where 
1 am now a prsheoner. 

Itm I will that all suche debts and somes of money whatsoever as I shalbe 
indetted in, or owe of Right by bound obligatorie, bill or conscience unto any psone 

* Jane, widow of John Field, in her will, dated 1609, desire "my bodie to be buried by my 
husband,; John Feild, in Ardslaw church porch." 


or psons at the tyme of my decease shalbe well and trulie answered, satisfied and 
paid by my executrix hereatter named. 

Itm whereas I do stand bound unto John Franklyne of little chart in the 
Countie of Kent, esquier, by my deed obligatorie in the some of two, or three 
hundrethe pounds wth condicon that yt God do calle me out of the world before my 
wyfe Jane Feild, that then I shall leave her the said Jane worthe the some of one 
hundrethe poundes at the least in money plait, household stute or other shattalles 
as by the condicon of the said obligacon mor at large yet dothe and shall appeare. 
In consideracon whereof as well in pformance of the same condicon of the same 
obligacon as also for divers other good causes and consideracons me nowe movinge. 
I do give unto the said Jane Feild my wife my whole intrest title and farmehold lease 
or leases and terme of yeares wch I now have, or shall have hereafter of my farme- 
hold wherein I nowe dwell. And the water corne mylne belonginge to the same, 
wth all the houses, buyldinges, lands, tenements, pfytts and hereditaments what- 
soever wth all and singular their appurtenances to the same belonginge, or in 
any wyse appteyninge, as I nowe the said John Feild enjoyeth the same wth the 
moytie or one half of all my moveable goodes, as oxen, kyne, yonge beastes, 
cattalles, horses, meares, colts and calves and the moytie, or one halte of all 
my said moveable goodes, as gucke or dead whatsoever. And also the moytie 
or one halfe of all my corne nowe in the barne and growinge on the ground nowe 
sowne, wth the moytie of my hay. Also I give unto her all my goodes wthin 
my bed Chamber wherein I nowe lye, wth all household stufe and furniture wthin 
the same Chamber to her propr use for ever. And the said Jane to have and to hold 
the said farmehold her naturall lyfe yff the said lease, or leases so long contynewe. 
And yf yt it fortune her to dye before the ende of the same lease, or leases be 
expired then my will is that she shall bye her will and testament in writinge, or 
otherwise disposse the same her intrest and possession of my said farmehold to 
some such one of my child, or children as to her wisdome shall best be licked of. 

Itm I do gyve to James Feild and Martyne Feild my two yongest sonnes all 
my plate and Jewelles of gould and sylver equallie to be divided betwixt them wth 
eyther of them a bedstead wth the furnitur, havinge a fetherbed, blanketts, sheets, 
and counterpayntes to the same. 

Itm I do gyve unto fyve hundrethe poure folkes peny dole, and dynynge all 
my poure neighboures, the day of my burial, as shortlie after as may be. 

Itm I do give to all my god children twelve pence apece at my wyfes discrecon. 

Itm I do give to my cosine Nowell and Xpofer his Sonne some cott or dublatt 
at my wyfes discrecon. 

Itm to Willm Medley some hose or cott at her discrecon. 

Itm I do give to my gossoppe Willm Shereley and Rowland of the newe pke 
my huntinge home wth the rest pteyninge to yt, wth an Inglishe booke at my wyfes 

Itm I do give to my maid Alice Butler and to my mam John Hill, yf he please 
and be obedient and serviceable to my wyfe, attendinge my svice trulie some such 
like consideration and remembrance as shall seame good to my wyfe's dis- 

Itm I do give to my dislyall and loose lyved sonne Richard Feild one sylver 
spoone in full payment and satisfacon of his child's porcon wth wch yf he be not 
satisfied 1 will he lose the benefytt of the same. 

The Rest and Residue of all my goodes whatsoever, my debts paid and my 
funerall expences discharged, I give and bequeath the residue to my eight children, 
to be bestowed upon them equalie at the discrecon of my wyfe at such tymes and 
sessons as they shalbe thought sufficient by their good mother to order and disposes 


the same with the consent of my supervisors of this my last will and testament 
hereafter to be named. 

Itm I do ordeyne and applynt the said Jane Feild my true and lawfuU wife 
to be my sole executrix of this my last will and testament and do nominate for my 
supvisoures Roberte Greenwood, gentleman, and Roberte Abbott of Bentley, 
tanner, wth Mr. Wm. Dyneley of Swillington to be supervisors of this my last will 
and testament, pratinge them and everie of them to pforme the speciall trust I have 
reposed in them, to see the same executed accordinge to my conscience and my true 
meanynge of the same. 

In witnes whereof 1 the said John Feild to this my psent last will and testa- 
ment have sett my hand and seale the day and yeare above written. 

These beinge witnesses and sealed and delived in the psence of me John 
Naler, John Adamsone. 
Proved May 3, 1587. 

62. i. RICHARD, b. 1563. Richard Field, aged 22, in 1585, disinherited 
by his father. He had a daughter, Mary, in 1609; not then 21. 
Mentioned in the will of her grandmother, Jane. 

JOHN, b. 1568; m. . 

MATTHEW, b. 1563; m. Margaret . 

CHRISTOPHER,'b. 1565. Christopher Field and John Feild, his 
brother, not named in their mother's will; probably went away 
from home. 
THOMAS, b. 1572; named in his mother's will; called third son. 
WILLIAM, b. 1570: m. Mrs. Jane (Sotwell) Burdette. 
JAMES, b. 1574; named in both his father's and mother's will. 
MARTIN, b. 1577; named in both his father's and mother's wills. 
ANNE, b. 1580; prob. d. young, but named in her mother's will. 

44. THOMAS FEILDE (John, John, William, Thomas, Thomas, John, 
Thomas, Roger), b. probably in Parish ot Horton, Bradford, England; m. Anne 

. Shed. October, 1599. He d. April, 1573. Res. Shipley, Parish of Bradford, 

county of York, England. 

His will is dated Jan. 14, 1572-3, and was proved April 24, 1573. Desires to be 
buried in the south side ot Bradford church. His widow was executrix ot his will. 
She was buried at Bradford, Oct. 28, 1 599. 

Thomas Feilde, of Shipley, in his will, dated Jan. 14, 1572-73, desires to be 
buried in the south side of the church of Bradford. He bequeaths to his wife, Anne, 
for life, the farmhold where he dwells, also two new mills and a farmhold occupied 
by Richard Lillie. After her death these properties and a tenement to go to 
daughter, Frances Feilde, or if she die without heirs, to brother William, to whom 
he leaves two tenements in Great Horton, one of which is in the occupation of 
Percival Feild. His father, John Feilde, is one ot his executors. The writer is 
unable with certainty to connect this Thomas with the pedigree, but thinks it is not 
impossible that his brother William was the father of the eleven children, of whom 
Edward is the first named. The "widow Feilde, ot Shipley," who was buried at 
Bradford, Oct. 28, 1599, was, he supposes, wife ot Thomas. 

71. i. FRANCES, b. . She was the only child named in her father's. 

will, joined by her husband — Thomas Green, of York — conveyed 
Shipley to her cousins, George, Edward and Robert Feild. 

45. WILLIAM FEILD (John, John, William, Thomas, Thomas, John, 
Thomas, Roger), b. probably in Bradford, Parish of Horton, England; m. Jenet 
. She d. June 14, 1612. He was named in the will of his brother, Thomas. 


















Obtained a grant of land in Horton in 1590 from John de Lacy, Lord of Horton. 
His will is dated March 3, 1598-9, and was proved July 4, 1599. Buried at Bradford, 
May 23, 1599. Jenet was named in her husband's will. She was buried in Brad- 
ford church June 14, 161 2. 

William Feild, of Great Horton, made his will March 3, 1598-9. a°^ names in 
it his wife, Jenet, and "younger children," Frances. Marie, Alice and Thomas, 
each of whom was to receive successively the rents of his lands on Bradfordshire 
until they had got their respective portions. There was an elder child, John, as 
shown hereafter, and perhaps others. His burial is entered as follows in the Brad- 
ford church registers: "1599, May 23rd, William Feilde of Horton." There is a 
later entry on June 14, 1512, of the burial of "widow Feild of Horton in ths 
church," which probably refers to his wife. This William may have been the 
brother of that name whom Thomas Feilde refers to in his will in 1572-3 ; although 
it is strange, in that case, that the former should have named but three of the eleven 
children at the beginning of the pedigree, when he executed a similar document in 
1598-9; but it must not be overlooked that these three, Marie, Alice and Thomas, 
are mentioned both at the head of the pedigree and in William's will. We find a 
reference to the last named a little later. On September 2d, forty-third Elizabeth 
(1601), an inquisition post mortem was held at Shipton after the death of William 
Feilde, of Great Horton, yeoman, who died May 23d, forty-first Elizabeth (1599)- 
It was found that he has houses and lands in Great Horton and in Bradford, and 
that his son, John, aged fifty years and more, was his heir. He d. May, 1599. 
Res. Great Horton, Parish of Bradford, England. 

GEORGE, b. 1543; m. Isabel Mortimer. 

JOHN, b. 1551; m. Anne . 

ROBERT, b. . He res. in Shipley; was a clothier; d. unm. ; 

will dated Nov. 5, 1599; proved Dec. 18, 1599; buried at Bradford, 
Nov. 12, 1599. Inquisition post mortem March 27, forty-second 
Elizabeth. He names in his will his brothers, George, Edward, 
John and William ; and his sisters, Elizabeth, Alice, Anne, Susan, 
Sybil, Mary and Isabel; also Jane, daughter of brother William, 
and John and Alice, children of brother Thomas. He was a ten- 
ant of the Queen in capite. 

EDWARD, b. ; m. Jenet Thornton. 

WILLIAM, b. . 

THOMAS, b. ; m. Sybil Rode, Mary Mortimer and Susan Bair- 


FRANCES, b. : named in her father's will. 

MARY, b. ; named in her brother Robert's will. 

ALICE, b. : named in her brother Robert's will. 

ANN, b. ; named in pedigree in Herald's College. 

ELIZABETH, b. ; named in pedigree in Herald's College. 

SUSAN, b. ; named in pedigree in Herald's College. 

SYBIL, b. ; named in brother Robert's will. 

ISABEL, b. ; named in brother Robert's will. 

46. EDWARD FELDE (Christopher, John, Christopher, John, Richard, 
Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), bap. Sowerby, England, in 1541; m. 1560, Isabella 
Greenwood. Edward Felde paid heriot in 1554 on two parts of the four and one- 
half acres after the decease of Grace, his mother, and after the decease of Christo- 
pher, his father. In 1597 there is an entry on the rolls of the surrender by Edward 
Feld de Sowerby of land there to Michael, his son. Res. Sowerby, England. 











































EDWARD, bap. 1560; m. . 

MICHAEL, bap. ; m. Susan Crabtree. 

ALICE, bap. 1566. 

SUSAN, bap. 1568. 

ABRAHAM, bap. 1572. 

ROSAMOND, bap. 1574. 

SAMUEL, bap. 1576. 
52. WILLIAM FIELD (Christopher, John, Christopher, John, Richard, 
Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), bap. Halifax Parish, Sowerby, England. i549; 
m. June i, 1591, Susan Midgley, of Northowram. She d. March 6, 1623. He d. 
July 24, 1 619. Res. Sowerby and Northowram, England. He was baptized in 
Halifax parish, Sowerby, England, and married in Halifax church, as is recorded 
in its registers. His wife, Susan Midgley, was baptized there in 1574, when she 
is called daughter ot John Midgley, of Northowram. She belonged to an old 
family of that neighborhood — the Midgleys, of Midgley — whose arms sable, two 
bars gemelle or, on a chief of the second three caltrops of the first, were painted 
on the roof ot Halifax church, together with those of the principal families who 
attended service there. The residents of Sowerby worshiped at their own chapel. 
William Field removed from Sowerby to Southowram within a year or two of 
1593, and we find a confirmation of this in the Wakefield rolls which show that 
Grace, daughter of Richard Barestow, surrendered in 1594 lands in Northowram 
to. William Feild ot Southowram. This deed is also mentioned, under the same 
year, in the dockets at Wakefield. Shortly after purchasing this property, in 
Northowram, which was the home of his wife's family, he removed there, and 
passed the remainder of his days there. There is a survey of this neighborhood 
among the Duchy of Lancaster court rolls, made April 20, 1607, in which it is 
stated that William Feilde doth hold by copy ot his majesty a message called 
Causeye. This was a road or footpath raised above the surrounding land, usually 
passing over a morass, or damp ground. A small hamlet in Northowram is called 
Causeway End at the present day. Besides this causeway he held three acres of 
land whereof half an acre, used as pasture, and one and one-half acres, used as 
arable. Also the same William Fielde holdeth of his majesty by deed from my 
Lord of Leicester one acre and half a rod. According to the Wakefield rolls 
William Field, of Northowram, paid his fine in 1610 for one tenement, called 
Cawsey, with all his coppiehold lands, and in the same year he took of the lord 
four acres waste at Blackyers. In 1616 he was juror at Brighouse court, and in 
161 8 he is referred to as a sub-tenant of William Sympson. In his last year 
William Field, Senior de le Cawsey surrenders lands after his decease to William, 
his son and heir. In 1619 William Feild. of Northowram, clothier, surrenders 
Horwithins to use of Joseph, his son. On July 15, 1619, he made his will, 
which is in the registry at York, and died soon af(-er, as it was proved on the loth 
of November following: 

Will of William Field, of Northowram. — In the name of God amen, I 
Willm Feild of Northourome in the Countie of York clothier thoughe sicke and 
weake in bodie yet of whole mind and of sound and pfect memorie praysed be God 
for the same. Do this fifteenth day of Julie in the yeare of our Lord God 1619 make 
ordeyne and declare this my psent Testament conteyninge therein my whole and 
last will in mannr and forme followinge towitt. 

First and principally I comitt and comend my soul unto the mercif ull goodness 
of Almightie God my Creator beseaching his goodness to pardon all my offences in 
by and throughe the meritts death and obedience of Jesus Christ his onely sonn my 
onely Saviour and Redemer for in and by his meritts is my only hope of Salvacon. 



And my bodie I willingly yield to the Earthe to be buried in such place of 
Xstiau burial as it shall please God my endinge to be. And as consigne my worldly 
goods whereof I am posessed my wille and minde that the churche have right 
duties thereof. And such debts as I owe in right and conscience to any psone or 
psons be first answered and paid out of the same. 

Also I give and bequeath to Susan my wiffe all such interest right and title 
and term of years as I have yet to come and expend in one Tente nowe in the term 
of occupation of me the said Wm Feild late of the Lands of one I Bothomley, also 
my will and minde is that all the Legacies wch 1 owe to all or any of my children 
be paid out of my whole goods to witt to my daughter Jane tenne pounds to Joseph 
Feild my s©n tenne pounds to Susan Tenne pounds and to Isabell and Robert 
one bond of thirtie pounds already taken to theire use. Item I give and bequeath 
to Robert Rawson my sonne in law Five shillings. All the residue of my goods, 
cattells, credits and debts not before given or bequeathed I give and bequeath to 
George Feild, Jane Feild, Susan, Robt and Isabell Feild equally to be divided 
amongst them. Also I comit the custodie and tuicon of Robert Feild and Isabell 
Feild and of theire porcons to my brother Edward Feild duringe and until they come 
to and accomplishe their several ages of Twentie and one years. 

And I name ordeyne and appoint the said Edward Feild my brother Executor 
of this my Last will and Testament praying him to be agdinge and assistinge to my 
wiffe and childien as my hope and trust is in him. 

In witness whereof to this my psent Last will and Testament 1 putt my hand 
and seale and publishe and declare it to be my will in the psence of these whose 
names are subscribed. 

Proved loth Novr 1619 

Susan, the widow of William Feild, did not long survive her husband. Her 
will is also recorded at York, dated Feb. 24, 1622-3, and was proved 14th of May 
following. She describes herself in it as of Black Carre or Carr: this is an old 
Yorkshire word, signifying morass or swamp. Blacker, in Northowram, is men- 
tioned as far back as 1300. 

Will of Susan Feild, of Northowram. — In the name of God Amen. The 
four and twentieth day of February in the twentieth year of the Reigne of our Sov- 
ereinge Lord James by the grace of God Kinge of England France and Ireland. 
Defender of the faith &c. 

And of Scotland the six and Fiftieth and in the yeare of or Lord according to 
the computation of the Church of England of 1622. I Susan Feild of Black Carre 
wthin the Dioces of Yorke widowe late wife of Willm Feild late of Northourome 
deceased being sicke in bodie but of good and pfect memory tor wch I praise 
Almightie God doe make and ordeigne this my Last will and Testament in manner 
and forme followinge. And first I give and comend my soule unto the hands of 
Almighty God assuredly believinge to have free remission of all my sinnes and 
everlasting life amongst the blessed Sts in the Kingdome of heaven through the 
meritts and passion of my alone Savior and Redemer Jesus Christ. And I comitte 
my body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executrs hereafter named. 
And as touchinge the disposition of my worldly goods First my will and minde is 
that my debts and funeral expenses beinge discharged) I do hereby give devise and 
bequeath unto Willm t eild my oldest sonne the somme of twelve pounds of Lawful 
money of England and unto Alice my daughter now wife of Robt Rawson of Wrose 
the some of five shillings of Like Lawful money of England and no more nor other 
Legacies in regard the said Willm and Alice are already sufficiently p'vided for and 
p'ferred by my said late husband deceased their late father. 

Item I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto George Feild my sonne the 


some ot Twelve pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto him in twelve 
years to witt yearly and evri yeare the some of Twenty shillings duringe the terme 
of Twelve years at the feast of St Michaell The arch Angell, and the first paymt 
thereof to beginne at the feast of St Michael th' arch Angell wch shall fall next 
after that Joseph Feild my sonne shall have accomplished his full age of Twenty 
one years and the same paymts to be made by my Executors hereafter named. 

Item my further will and mind is and I'do hereby give devise and bequeath all 
the residue of my goods chattells and debts unto the said Joseph Feilde my sonne 
and unto Robert Feilde my sonne and Jane now wife of John Mitchell, Susan Feild 
and Isabell Feild, my three daughters to be equally divided amongst them. 

And I do hereby make and ordeyne the said John Mitchell and Joseph Feild 
Executors of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said Susan 
Feild the Testatrix have hereunto sett my hand and sealle the day and yeare above 
said. These beinge witnesses 

J Midgley 

Jonas Mitchell 

Mathew Mitchell 

As is stated in his will, William was a clothier. This word may have two mean- 
ings — a manufacturer ot cloth or a cloth merchant. "William Field's calling must 
have been the latter. Henry VII. brought Flemish cloth weavers to England and 
settled some of them at Wakefield. This industry soon became the chief one of 
the neighborhood, and has continued so to the present day, when the adjacent town 
of Leeds is the largest cloth market in the world. At the period we are writing 
of and even within the recollection of living men, all the cloth was made by hand, 
and in the cottages of the weavers. When a piece was finished it was taken to the 
merchant, or sold to him at a market where makers and buyers met. The mer- 
chant distributed the goods acquired in this way to his customers at home and 
abroad, and such was the high reputation of the cloths made in the neighborhood of 
Wakefield that they found their way, at this early date, to all parts of the civilized 
world. Great changes have taken place at Wakefield, and in that vicinity since 
that day. Now large mills dot the banks ot the Calder, the machinery in which is 
driven by steam or water power and often both. 

The old village of Sowerby and the Field house stand on the hillside, and at 
some distance from the river, and are consequently less aflfected by the change than 
if they were nearer to it. 

i. WILLIAM, bap. Aug. 8, 1591; m. Susanna Longbothome. 

ii. ALICE, bap. Aug. 8, 1593; m., Nov. 11, 1611, Robert Rawson, ot 

Calverley and Wrose. 
iii. JANE, bap. Nov. 23, 1595; m., June 10, 1622. John Mitchell, of 

Thornton; named in both father's and mother's wills, 
iv. GEORGE, bap. Aug. 20, 1598. He is named in both his father's 

and mother's wills. 
V. SUSAN, bap. March 15, 1601 ; m. Dec. 4, 1638. Samuel Holdsworth. 
vi. JOSEPH, bap. June 19, 1603; m. Oct. 25, 1624, Elizabeth Nichol- 

oson, of Northowram. 
vii. ROBERT, bap. May 9, 1605 ; m. Ruth Fairbank, Elizabeth Taylor 

and Charity . 

viii. ISABEL, bap. March 26, 1609; named in both tather's and mother's 

ix. ROBERT, bap. Aug. 29, 1602 ; d. in infancy. 


53. JOHN FELD (James. John, Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, 

Richard, Roger), b. Sowerby, England; m. . As will be seen hereafter 

Christophei Feld did not marry until atter the date of his surrender. His brother 
John was probably dead at the time, and without issue, and perhaps also his sup- 
posed brother James was no longer living, in which care the latter's son John, pre- 
sumably the eldest, was then the natural heir of Christopher. This John is again 
named in 1532 and 1534, and at the last date, when he is described as the son of 
James he cedes a portion ot his rent from the twenty-three and one-halt acres to 
the use of Edward Farrow. Res. Sowerby, England. 

56. ROBERT FIELD (Robert, John, Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, 

Adam, Richard, Roger), b. . It is uncertain if the Robert Field, who made 

his will in 1558. is the one assessed at the same time as William or not. He de- 
scribes himself as of Crofton. There are bequests in it to my brother Charles, and 
to Robert and Alice Field, and their children, Robert and Alice. As the testator 
had a brother Christopher, he may have been a son of William, although, in that 
case, not named in his father's will of 1529-30. He d. about 1558. Res. Crofton, 

102. i. ROBERT, b. . 

103. ii. ALICE, b. . 

57. WILLIAM FELD (Robert, John, Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, 

Adam, Richard, Roger), b. ; m. . On the 27th of February, 

1529-30, "William Feld, of Crofton" (whom the author takes to be the person 
assessed in 1523-4), made his will, in which he speaks of his wife, his daughter, 
Margaret, and his son, Christopher, whom he appoints executor. He d. about 1530. 
Res. Crofton, England. 

104. i. MARGARET, b. . 

105. ii. CHRISTOPHER, b. ; m. . 

60. CHRISTOPHER FELD (Robert. John. Christopher. John. Richard, 

Thomas. Adam, Richard, Roger), b. ; m. Elizabeth . He d. Nov. 30. 

1557-8. Res. Wakefield, England. 

Two Christopher Fields witnessed this will of ' 'Christopher Rishworthe, of Crof- 
ton, gentlemen," in 1538 — one describing himself as "husbandman." and the 
other as "wardroper." The wills of these two witnesses — referred to later — can 
be identified. The writer supposes that all the following entries in the manor rolls 
refer to Christopher, the "wardroper." 

In 1 54 1 he surrendered lands in Wakefield graveship and manor to Elizabeth, 
his wife. 

In 1544 he is spoken of as "Christopher Feld, of Sandall, merchant," and in 1547, 
under the head of this place, it is stated that he was elected greave for lands for- 
merly Thomas Shey's. This entry occurs in 1552; "Robert Copley redd, lands to 
Christopher Feld, Sandall." His will is dated July 8, 1557, and was proved Decem- 
ber i8th of the same year. He describes himself as "Christopher Feld, of Wake- 
field,* mercer," and desires to be buried in the church of Wakefield, near his wife. 
Redirects his executors "to cause a troughe stone with a remembrance of himself 
wife and children in pictures of brass to be set upon and laid upon the grave" as 
soon after his burial as convenient There are legacies to his brother Nicholas 
Feild, if he is living, to his son Christopher Feild, and to Percival Feild. to daugh- 
ter Elizabeth, wife of Henry Watkinson, to daughter Katherine, wife of Richard 
Atkinson, to Anne Browne, daughter of said Katherine, to every one ot the chil- 

♦Probably his place of business was at Wakefield, and his residence at Sandall, or Crofton. 









dren of the said Elizabeth Watkinson, to Roger and Nicholas Jewett, his sister's 
children, to his son Matthew's wite and others. The residue is left to Matthew 
Feild, his son and heir, whom he appoints executor, together with testator's 
brother William and others. The Rev. J. L. Sisson, in his "Historical Sketch of 
Wakefield Church," published in 1824, speaks of the monuments formerly in this 
edifice, and gives the following inscription on that of Christopher Feild, which stood 
in the north aisle. "Here under this stone lyeth buried the bodies of Christopher 
Fylde mercer and Eliz. his wyfe which Christopher deceased the 30th day of 
November in the year ot our Lord God* 1558. On whose soul Jesus have mercy." 

CHRISTOPHER, b. ; m. . 


ELIZABETH, b. ; m. Henry Watkinson. 

KATHERINE, b. ; m. Richard Atkinson. Had a dau. Anne. 

who m. Browne. 

no. V. MATTHEW, b. ; m, Elizabeth Meredith. 

63. JOHN FIELD (John, Richard. William. William, Thomas, Thomas, John, 

Thomas, Roger), b. Ardsley, England, about 156S; m. . He was born in 

Ardsley, but evidently moved away before reaching his majority, for he was not 
mentioned in his father's will. Osgood Field is of the opinion that he died young, 
as he was not mentioned in the wills of his father or mother. Res. Ardsley, 

III. i. JOHN, b. about 1590; m. . 

^ 112. ii. ZACHARIAH, b. about 1596; m. Mary . 

112;^. iii. OTHER children. 

64. LORD MATTHEW FIELD (John, Richard, William, William, Thomas, 

Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. East Ardsley, England, 1563; m. Margaret . 

She d. June 14, 1632. 

Matthew Field was the second son and heir of Sir John, the astronomer. He 
married at Ardsley. In the Wakefield manor rolls there is an entry in 1596 of an 
indenture by which William Hall, ot Settle, and Elizabeth, his wife, cousin and heir 
of Matthew Feilde. of London, deceased, surrender a house in Wakefield and lands 
in Wenthrope to Matthew Feilde, of Ardislowe, gentleman, and Matthew Watkin- 
son, of same place. This document serves to show the relationship between the 
branch of the family seated at Ardsley, and that residing at Sandall or Crofton. 
In 1601 William Walkhead, of Woodhouse, bequeathes to Mr. Matthew Field, of 
Ardsley, an old angel to make a gold ring. This angel was a gold coin, so called, 
because it bore an image of St. Michael and the dragon. His name occurs in the 
wills of three inhabitants of Ardsley, dated respectively, 1607, 1608 and 1609. He 
bought the manor of Thurnscoe from the co-heirs of Sir John, constable, in, or prior 
to 1 6 14, and about the same time — conjointly with his brother William — the fourth 
part of the manor of Idle of Sir John Savile. On July 6, 1617, together with James 
Field, gentleman, his son and heir apparent, he gave a bond to Richard Water- 
house, of Clayton, in Bradford, for the fulfillment of certain covenants. He was 
one of the collectors of the subsidy tor the West Riding ot Yorkshire, in 1623. The 
marriages and burials in the parish registers in East Ardsley do not commence till 
1654, and the baptisms till 1662, but tolerably perfect copies exist of the earlier 
years in the Archbishop's registry at York. 

On Sept. 9, 163 1, an inquisition post mortem was held at Doncaster, relative to 

*The author cannot explain the slight discrepancy in the dates of this monument and of the 
will. It may arise from an error in copying from the reg'istry at York, the year when the will 
was proved, or be a mistake of the person who wrote the inscription. 


















his estate at Thurnscoe, from which it appears that he died possessed ot the manor 
and of a mansion, called Thurnscoe Grange; also, that on April 5, 1631, Henry 
Shaw, Gervase Smith and William Forman, who had married the daughters ot the 
atoresaid Matthew, relinquished all right they might have to the manor ot Thurns- 
coe to James Feild, eldest son and heir ot Matthew Feild, then aged forty years. 
1' Matthew Feild, ot East Ardsley, named in his mother's will. Letters of ad- 
ministration on his estate granted to his son, Matthew, Aug. 4, 1631 ; died June 2, 
1631 ; inquisition post mortem held Sept. 9, 1631. He was Lord of the manor ot 
Thurnscoe. He d. June 2. 1631. Res. East Ardsley, England. 

JAMES, b. 1591; m. Margaret . 

MATTHEW, bap. April 3, 1602; d. Dec. 30, 1602. 

MATTHEW, bap. March 12, 1608; m. Margaret Feild. 

WILLIAM, b. ; co-executor of his brother Matthew's will. 

JOHN, bap. June 27, 1610; co-executor of his brother Matthew's 

JUDITH, bap. March 25, 1604; m. Henry Shaw. 

JANE. b. ; m. Gervais Smith. 

ANNE, b. ; m. Oct. 27, 1627, William Forman, ot East 


67. WILLIAM FEILD (John, Richard. William, William, Thomas, Thomas, 
John, Thomas, Roger), b. probably in Ardsley, England; m. Mrs. Jane (Sotwell) 
Burdett. William Feild, executor of his mother's will. He married Jane, dau. of 
Rev. John Sotwell, and widow of George Burdett, of Carhead, then described of 
Thurnscoe. Rev. John was vicar of Peniston. Mrs. Jane Feild was buried Oct. 
21, 1623, in the parish of Silkstone. He d. in 1623. Res. Thurnscoe, England. 

121. i. JOHN, b. ; m. . 

122. ii. WILLIAM, b. : m. Deborah . 

123. iii. THOMAS, b. ; m. . 

124. iv. JAMES, b. ; m. ; res. St. Albans. Hertfordshire, England. 

72. GEORGE FEILD (William, John, John, William, Thomas. Thomas, John, 
Thomas, Roger), b. probably in Great Horton, parish of Bradford, England, in 1543; 
m., in Bradford, Aug. 7, 1599, Isabel Mortimer. He was co-executor of his brother 
Robert's will in 1590, then aged forty-seven and his heir, held lands of the King 
in capite. Was buried in Bradford, March 12, 1627 his widow was named in the 
will of her brother-in-law, Robert Feild, buried Dec. g, 1641, in Bradford church. 
He d. March, 1627. Res. Shiple5% Bradford, England. 

124^. i. GEORGE, bap. in Bradford, Nov. 28, 1602. Res. Shipley. Heir 
of his father, as per inquisition April 3, 1628; m. 1629, Mary 
Akead. He was buried at Bradford, Oct. 23, 1647. 

73. JOHN FEILD (William, John, John, William, Thomas, Thomas. John, 
Thomas, Roger), b. prob. Great Horton, parish ot Bradford, England, about 1551; 

m. Anne . He was named in his brother Robert's will, heir to his father as 

per inq. on latter. Sept. 2, 1601, then aged 50 yrs. and more, buried in Bradford 
church July 16, 1615. She was named in her brother-in-law Robert's will ; buried 
at Bradford Dec. 12, 1613. He d. July, 1615; res. Horton, England. 

125. i. He probably left issue. 

75. EDWARD FEILD (William, John, John, William, Thomas, Thomas, 
John, Thomas, Roger), b. prob. in' Great Horton, parish ot Bradford, England; 
m. in Bradtord, Aug. 7, 1599, Janet Thornton. Edward Feild held lands of the 
King in capite, of Horton in 1599, ^.nd of Shipley in 1615 ; co-executor of his brother 


Robert's will, and executor ot his brother William. Died April 6, 1641 ; buried at 
Bradford, April 15, 1641; inq. p. m. Aug. 23, 1641. She was buried in Bradford 
church May 9, 1643. This pedigree is recorded in the Herald's College to which 
the writer has occasionally added remarks- It commences with Edward Feild, ot 
Horton, 1595 and 1601, after of Shipley, 1615. Died April 6th, seventeenth Charles I. 
(1641); buried at Bradtord 15th ot same month; inquisition post mortem Aug. 23d 
following. He d. April 6, 1641 ; res. Horton (in 1599) and Shipley (in 1615), England. 

126. i. JOSEPH, bap. Aug. 23, 1601 ; m, Mary Rawson. 

77. THOMAS FEILD (William, John. John, William, Thomas, Thomas, 
John, Thomas, Roger), b. prob. Great Horton, parish of Bradford, England ; m. at 
Bradford, Oct. 25, 1596, Sybil Rode, named in the will of her brother-in-law, Robert 
Feild. She d., and he m., 2d, in B., Dec. 29, 1612, Mary Mortimer. She 
was buried in B., March 10, 1616-7; m., 3d, at B,, Jan. 12, 1618, Susan Bairstowe. 
Thomas Feild, the youngest son, was of North Ouram, and afterward of 
Horton, named in the wills of his father and brother Robert; d. as per post mor- 
tem inquisition in 1623; buried in Bradford church, July 28, 1623. Among 
the baptisms at Bradford, are those of the following children of Thomas Feild, of 
Horton ; but as there is no mention of them in the pedigree, the writer is not sure 
that Thomas and Sybil Feild were their parents. Frances, bap. 1613; William, 
1615; Mary, 1616-17; Thomas, 1619; John, 1620-21; and Richard, 1623. Other 
brothers and sisters of Edward in the pedigree are William, Anne, Elizabeth, 
Susan, Mary, Alice, Robert, George and John. He d. July 16, 1623; res. North 
Ouram and Horton, England. 

127. i. JOHN, bap. Halifax, Oct. 11, 1597. 
ALICE, bap. Halifax, Dec. 27, 1598. 
JONAS, bap. Halifax, Oct. 12, 1603. 
FRANCES, bap. Bradford, Dec. 5, 1613. 
WILLIAM, bap. Bradford, Aug. 27, 1615; heir to his father as per 

post mortem inquisition held at Halifax, 1623; then aged eight yrs. 

and two mos. 
MARY, bap. Bradford, Nov. 2, 1616. 
THOMAS, bap. Bradford, Aug. 8, 1619. 
viii. JOHN, bap. Bradford, Feb. i, 1620. 

RICHARD, bap. Bradtord, June 15, 1623. 

86. EDWARD FELDE (Edward, Christopher, John, Christopher, John, Rich- 
ard. Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), bap. Sowerby, England, 1560; m. about 
1584 . Res. Sowerby and Wakefield, England. 

136. i. WILLIAM, b. about 1585; m. Elizabeth . 

87. MICHAEL FEILD (Edward, Christopher, John, Christopher, John, Rich- 
ard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), bap. Sowerby, England; ra. at Halifax, 
1600, Susan Crabtree ; she was buried at Halifax church, 1639. His father surren- 
dered land to him in 1597 and called him Michael his son. Took up the waste in 
Blackwood more in 1617. She was dead in 1650; res. Sowerby, England. 

137. i. JOHN, bap. Halifax, 1601; prob. d. young. 

138. ii. MICHAEL, bap. Halifax, 1607. He paid heriot in 1650 and was 

then called son and heir of Michael Feild of Blackwood. 

93. WILLIAM FIELD (William, Christopher, John, Christopher. John, Rich- 
ard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), bap. Halifax Parish, Sowerby, England, 
Aug. 8, 1591; m. 1624, Susanna Longbothome. William Field married at North- 
owram. It would appear from an entry in the rolls in 1627 that he married Susanna 


























Longbothome. It reads as follows: "Thomas Longbothome de Northowram, 
yeoman, held lands in Earl of Leicester and Anna, wite of Laurence Whitacres. 
Susanna, wife of William Feild, and Sara, wife of George Fearnley, are his three 
daughters and co-heiresses. There is an entry in the Wakefield rolls in 1630 under 
Northowram that William Feild of Cawsey, surrenders lands, and another in 1632 
that William Feild de Blackmires and Susanna his wife execute a quit claim to 
Robert NichoUs de Horton for a house in Northowram. The following, in 1636, 
under the head of Hipperholme graveship, no doubt, refers to him: "William 
Feild died since last court." In 1639 Susanna Feild, widow, of Northowram, sur- 
renders Leyclose to use of Matthew Sowden, and she is again mentioned in 1640 as 
of Blackmyers, and m 1646 as of Northowram. He was dead in 1636; res. North- 
owram, England. 

139. i. WILLIAM, bap. May 22, 1625; in 1651 he surrenders four acres in 
Blackmire, Northowram, to Jeremy Bairstowe. 

ALICE, bap. July 8, 1627. 

THOMAS, bap. Nov. 15, 1629. 

JOHN, bap. 1631. 

SARAH, bap. Sept. 14, 1634. 

98. JOSEPH FEILD (William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John, Richard, 
Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), bap. Halifax, England, June 19, 1603; m. Oct. 
25, 1624, at Halifax, Elizabeth Nicholson of Northowram. He was named in both 
his father's and mother's wills. Res. Halifax, England. 

99. ROBERT FIELD (William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John, Rich- 
ard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), bap. Halifax Parish, in Sowerby, Eng- 
land; March 9, 1605; m. in Halifax, Nov. 23, 1624. Ruth Fairbank of Hipperholme. 
She d. and he m. 2d at Bradford, May 18, 1630, Elizabeth Taylor. She d. and he 

m, 3d, Charity , who was living as his widow in 1673. In the reign of Charles L, 

in consequence of civil war and the persecutions of Protestants, during the interval 
between A. D. 1629 and A. D. 1640, upward of twenty thousand liberty-loving 
Englishmen emigrated to, and found homes, in the then new world. Among them 
was Robert Field, whose name we find first recorded in America at Newport and 
Portsmouth A. D. 1638, then co-operating with Roger Williams (who was banished 
A. D. 1635, and who founded an asylum in Rhode Island), in forming society 
and establishing civil and religious liberty A. D. 1638-41. Then, during an interval 
of three years, his name in public affairs is not mentioned, and does not occur 
again until A. D. 1644. Robert Field is at that time reported as having arrived 
from England — he with his family probably came in the same ship with Roger 
Williams, who, returning the second time to America, landed at Boston in that 
year. He then settled at Flushing, Long Island, A. D. 1645, and became the an- 
cestor of the Fields of that place. He had a son, Anthony, b. in England, A. D. 
1638. He d. before 1673. Res. Halifax, England; Newport, R. I. and Bayside, 
Flushing, Long Island. 


Osgood Field, Esq. 

The difficulty in the majority of American pedigrees, which attempt to trace 
back the family beyond the Atlantic, is to connect the emigrant with the mother 
country and his ancestors there. In a few cases, an entry in some colonial record, 
a reference in an English or American will, a remark of one of the early historians 
of the New World, a letter or diary of the time still preserved, or one of the "passen- 
ger lists" of vessels sailing from the ports of London, Southampton, etc., for New 


England or Virginia (which often mentioned the old home of the emigrant), estab- 
lished this connection beyond question ; but these instances are rare, and in most 
cases there is only circumstantial evidence, more or less convincing, to prove it. 

It is well known to those who are familiar with the law, that when a number ot 
facts all point to one result, without anything contradictory in them, the thing they 
indicate is often considered as well established, and many have suffered the penalty 
of death, on such evidence alone. The true genealogist, who reads this book, will 
probably ask, "What are the grounds for supposing that Robert Field, who was a 
patentee of F^lushing, N. Y., in 1645, was the child who was baptized at Halifax, 
England, in 1605-6?" These reasons the writer will now give, and he doubts not 
that they will satisfy the most critical. 

It is well known to all students of our colonial history, that emigration to New 
England languished for ten years after the arrival of the "Mayflower," and until 
the expedition was gotten up in 1630 by John Winthrop and Sir Richard Salton- 
stall. which embraced some 1,500 souls, who were transported to the other side of 
the Atlantic in seventeen ships, and arrived there in June or July of that year. All 
accounts agree that the friends and neighbors of the two leaders of the expedition 
contributed largely to swell its numbers. In the eighth of Elizabeth (1566) the Sal- 
tonstalls acquired by purchase a mansion called Rookes and lands at Hipperholme, 
which had descended to Sir Richard. He was living at this place, which adjoins 
Northowram, in 1630. Coley Chapel was built about 1500, by the united contribu- 
tions of Hipperholme, Northowram and Shelf, and the inhabitants of these three 
places were under its ministry. It follows that Sir Richard Saltonstall and Robert 
Feild were neighbors, attending the same religious services, and probably friends. 

The latter had no special ties in England. Both of his parents were dead; he 
was a younger son and single. He was twenty-four years old ; an age when the 
spirit and love of adventure are strong in us, and nothing is more natural than that 
he should have accompanied Sir Richard to New England. They may have been 
connected; as Sir Richard's first wife was Grace, daughter of Robert Kay, Esq., of 
Woodsome, whom he married about 1609, and we nave seen that William Field of 
Newsome, who died in 161 7, had a daughter, Rosamond, wife of Godfrey Key, or 
Kay, the names being the same. The writer would mention, as a curious fact, that 
the first reference to a Field, who was beyond all question of the same family as 
this Robert, occurs in the Wakefield Manor rolls, in 1306, when Richard del Feld 
sued Robert de Salstonstall. 

The early English settlements on Long Island were largely composed of emi- 
grants from Yorkshire. In 1665, the year following the surrender of the colony by 
the Dutch to the English, a convention was held at Hempstead, when Long Island 
and Staten Island were erected into a shire, and called after that in England, York- 
shire. Like that, too, it was divided into a North Riding, East Riding and West 

Mr. Charles B. Moore says, in an article in "The New York Genealogical and 
Biographical Record," when speaking of the sixty-seven proprietors of land at 
Hempstead in 1647, that the European ancestry of many of these cannot be ascer- 
tained; but that "at least ten of these men can be traced from Yorkshire, England. 
A much greater number doubtless came from that large county. So many came 
from Yorkshire that the settlement was characterised as a Yorkshire one." 

At the time of the Winthrop and Saltonstall expedition the Rev. Richard Den- 
ton had been, since 1623, the officiating clergyman of Coley Chapel. In 1644 we 
find him among the first settlers of Hempstead, L. I. Thompson says of him, in 
his " History of Long Island:" "It is quite probable that many of those who ac- 
companied him here had belonged to his church in the mother country, and were 


determined to share his tortunes in a new region. Many of these emigrated with 
him to Watertown, Mass.," etc. 

Nor was Denton the only one of his old friends and neighbors whom Robert 
Field found near him in his new home at Flushing; for Matthew Mitchell, who was 
one of the witnesses of the will of his mother Susan in 1623, was also among the 
earliest settlers of Hempstead in 1644. Thompson says, in speaking of the first 
white inhabitants of this place, that Ward, Coe and Mitchell were commissioners 
for Stamford. The Rev. Mr. Alvord wrote of them as follows: "They were among 
the earliest inhabitants of New England, coming, as we have seen, through Weath- 
ersiield from Watertown in Massachusetts, and from that noted company who ar- 
rived with John Winthrop and Sir Richard Saltonstall. " The Fields and Mitchells 
were connected "by marriage, as already stated, for Robert's aunt Jane was married 
at Halifax, June 10, 1622, to John "Michell,"of Thornton. This couple are men- 
tioned in the will of his mother, Susan Field, where the name is correctly spelt 

Among other early settlers in New England, who were from the neighborhood 
of Northowram, and who were connected with the Fields by marriage, were the 
Bairstows — sometimes spelt Barstow, Barrsto or Beresto — and Jonathan Fairbanks. 
Thomas Feild and Susan Bairstow were married at Bradford on Jan. 12, 1618-19. 
Bond says, in his "History of Watertown," that four brothers of the name of Bar- 
stow, or Bairstow, came early to this country; viz., Michael John, George and 
William. In the passenger list of the "Freelove, " sailing for New England, Sept. 
29, 1635, are the names of William Beresto, aged twenty-three, and George Beresto, 
aged twenty-one years. Savage says that Michael was the eldest brother, and that 
he joined the Church Dec. 5, 1635. He adds: "He was from Shelf, near Halifax, 
Co. York, West Riding." Not improbably Michael and John embarked first for 
the New World — perhaps in the expedition of 1630 — and George and William 
followed a few years later. 

On Nov. 23, 1624, Robert Field and Ruth Fairbank, of Hipperholme, were 
married at Halifax. She was, without doubt, of the same family as Jonathan Fair- 
banks, of Dedham, who. Savage says, came to New England before 1641 with his 
wife Grace and probably all of his six children. Savage adds: "He probably was 
from the West Riding of Yorkshire, as the will of his uncle George calls him of 
Sowerby in that part of England. ' ' 

The Robert Field who married Ruth Fairbank was baptized at Halifax, Aug. 
29, 1602, when he is described as son of John Feelde, of Northowram. He is re- 
ferred to in the Wakefield Manor rolls, the year of his marriage (1624), as holding 
lands at Hipperholme under Richard Sunderland. He had a son, John, baptized at 
Halifax, Dec. 25, 1625, who was buried there Jan. 16, 1625-26, being described on 
both occasions as "son of Robert Feild of Hipperholme." There was another per- 
son of the same name as the settler at Flushing, who was also a contemporary. His 
name occurs in the "Passenger list" of the "James," of London, which vessel 
sailed from Southampton for New England, "about the VI. of April, 1635." 

He is entered on it as Robert Field, of Yealing (? Pealing, Berks). This Robert 
resided at Boston. 

What became of the greater portion of those who went over with Winthrop and 
Saltonstall during the first few years of their stay in New England it is impossible 
to say, for so little documentary evidence exists ot that period. It is known that a 
large proportion of the company went to Watertown on, or shortly after, their ar- 
rival, and Robert Field was probably one of these. He must have married soon 
atter landing in America, for he had ,two sons of age in February, 1653-54. His 
wife, who survived him, was named Charity, and very probably she was one of the 


company that crossed the Atlantic with him, perhaps in the same ship. The 
author knows nothing of her family, and the only clue to it which he can offer, is 
that her second son had the rather unusual name of Anthony, and as this had not 
been borne by any of Robert's near relatives, it may have come from her side, and 
perhaps been that of her father. 

The first notice of Robert Field in our colonial records occurs in the state o£ 
Rhode Island. It has been said of Roger Williams, who founded this colony, ihat 
he was "the first person in modern Christendom to assert in its plenitude the doc- 
trine of liberty of conscience." In 1636 he fled from the religious tyranny and per- 
secution of the New England Puritans, and founded the town to which he gave the 
name of Providence, in recognition of God's mercies. He was soon followed by 
others — residents of New England — who are supposed to have shared his opinions, 
and among these was Robert Field. 

At a general meeting at Newport, R. I., held Aug. 23, 1638, it was agreed "that 
13 lots, on the west side ot the spring, shall be granted to Mr. Richard Dummer and 
his friends," "to build there at the spring at farthest, or else their lots be disposed 
ot by the company." Among the friends of Mr. Dummer we find Robert Field. 

A little later the following entry occurs in the records: "Inhabitants admitted 
at the town of Newport, since the 20th of (May), 1638." In this list are the names 
of Robert Field and John Hicks. On Dec. 19, 1639, Robert Field was made free- 
man of this town, and he is mentioned among the proprietors of land there in 1640. 
In the court roll of freemen, March 16, 1641, are the names of Robert Field and 
John Hicks. This is the last time that the former is referred to in the records of 
Newport, except in 1653, when he visited the place, probably as delegate for Long 
Island, and he is not mentioned in the list of freemen of the town in 1655. 

About the time of the settlement of Hempstead and Flushing, there was an in- 
timate connection between the colony of Rhode Island and the English towns ot 
Long Island. The inhabitants of both were mainly composed of the same class, 
viz., those who had fled from English persecution, and those who had escaped, like 
Roger Williams, from the no less mtolerant Puritans of New England. We find 
many of the same names in both places at this early period of their history; not 
only those of Field and Hicks, but also Townsend, Hazard, Coles, and a number ot 
others. We have seen that Robert Field and John Hicks are mentioned together 
more than once in the Newport records ; and when we learn that they are again as- 
sociated a little later, and are among the sixteen persons to whom the Dutch gov- 
ernor granted a patent tor the town ot Flushing, in 1645, we teel no moral doubt that 
the two settlers in Long Island were identical with the colonists ot Rhode Island. 

A further proof ot this identity occurred a tew years later. Governor Stuyve- 
sant and the Dutch authorities at New Amsterdam, looked with a jealous eye on 
the inhabitants ot the English towns within their jurisdiction; and, as a result of 
this feeling, the latter suffered many tyrannical and unjust acts at the hands ot the 
government. The express stipulations ot their charters were violated; illegal fines 
and taxes were imposed, and some were imprisoned or banished tor their religious 
opinions. In 1653 an idea became prevalent among the inhabitants ot these towns 
that the Dutch were inciting the Indians to a general massacre ot the English, and 
supplying the savages with arms for that purpose. Probably their tears were exag- 
gerated, but there is no doubt that the Dutch had some secret negotiations with the 
red men ; with what object is not now known. It was whispered about that there 
was to be "a second Amboyna* tragedy;" and so great was the alarm that many 

*Amboyna, one of the Moluccas, or Spice Islands, belonging to Holland. In 1623 an Eng- 
lish settlement there (Carabello) was destroyed by the Dutch, and 'frightful tortures intlicted 
on the inhabitants. 


abandoned their homes and went to the colonies where they were under the protec- 
tion ot the English flag. 

An application was made to Rhode Island tor assistance, and probably Robert 
Field was one ot those sent there to make the request, as he was specially qualified 
for this mission from having formerly resided in that colony, and being among old 
friends and neighbors there. As we learn by the records, the deputation was suc- 
cesstul. At a general assembly held at Newport, May i8, 1653, it was ordered that 
a committee be chosen, "for reterring matters that concern Long Island and in the 
case concerning the Dutch." Eight members ot this committee were selected, who 
were to "act upon presentment," and among these was "Mr. Robert Field." It 
was resolved at the same time "that we judge it our duty to aflford our countrymen 
on Long Island what help we can," etc. "That they shall have two great guns and 
what munitions are with us," etc., etc. 

Captain John Underbill, who had resided tor some years on Long Island, was 
appointed commander ot the forces by land, and Captain William Dyre ot those 
by sea. 

Under this commission. Captain Underbill captured the fort ot Good Hope, 
near Harttord, from the Dutch in the month ot June following. 

How matters were arranged between the Government ot New Amsterdam and 
their English subjects, is not exactly known ; probably steps were taken to convince 
the latter that their apprehensions ot a general massacre were groundless, for those 
who had left Long Island returned to their homes shortly after, and matters re- 
sumed their old course. 

The patent of the Governor-general ot the New Netherlands, William Kiett, 
was dated Oct. 19, 1645, and granted to Robert Field and his associates, their heirs 
and assigns, "a certain quantity or parcell, ot land, with all the Havens, Harbours, 
Rivers, Creekes, Woodlands, Marshes thereunto belonging and being upon the 
north side ot Long Island," after which the boundaries are given. 

Robert Field built his house at that part ot Flushing called Bayside. No trace 
of it exists, but family tradition says that it stood so near the water, that wild 
ducks, while swimming on it, could be shot from the porch. 

Unfortunately for the historian ot the first settlers of Flushing, the town rec- 
ords were destroyed by fire in the latter halt of the last century;* but a few docu- 
ments of their time have come down to us, which have been carefully preserved at 
the old Bowne house built by John Bowne in 1661. This ancient mansion is still 
standing, and occupied by his descendants. From the time of its erection, it was 
used by friends of the family and neighbors as a depository for papers ot value. 
Among these is the following: 

"February 12th, 1653 (i. e,, 1653-4). 
"Flushing. Know all men by these presents that 1 Robert Field doe freely 
give and grant unto my two sons Robert Field and Anthony Field each of them a 
house lott with the proprietie and priviledge thereunto belonging. I give unto Rob- 
ert the Lott wh was formerly John Lake's. Unto Anthony the Lott which was 
formerly given unto Thomas Applegate's sones, which two Lotts were purchased 
by mee and now freely are given by mee unto them my two sones their heirs or 
assigns forever to enjoy. 


*These records were kept in the house of John Vanderbuilt, the town clerk. It was set fire 
to in October, 1789, and consumed with its contents. Two slaves, Nelly and Sarah, were tried, 
condemned and executed for this crime. 


This document is important, as showing that Robert Field's two eldest sons 
were ot age at the time it was dated. The Thomas Applegate referred to in ii was 
also one of the original patentees of Flushing. 

Robert Field, Robert Field, Jr., and "Anthonie" Field signed the petition to 
"the Governor-Generall and Counsell of the New Netherlands, " in favour of the 
"scoute," or sheriff of Flushing, William Hallett, who was arrested for having 
religious meetings at his house. There is no date to this petition, but it must have 
been 1656, for William Hallett was banished on Nov. 8th of that year, and allowed 
to remain by a decree of Dec. 26th of same, on payment of a fine of £so Flanders, 
and at same time deprived of his office. 

All three of the Fields signed that bold remonstrance* against the persecution of 
Quakers, addressed to the Governor-General, and dated Dec. 27, 1657. 

In the examination of Edward Hart, in reply to the question "Who signed at 
the meeting and who at their houses?" he said, "Anthony Field, and both of ye 
Fields (i. e. , Robert sen. and jun.), at ye housee of ye village blacksmith, Michael 
iVlilner," where the meeting was held. 

This remonstrance bore the signatures of thirty of the principal inhabitants of 
the town, and the whole tenor of it shows that they were in advance of the age in 
their views in regard to religious freedom and liberty of conscience. Tobias 
Feake,| the sheriff, who presented the paper, was immediately arrested. Hart, who 
drew it up, and Farrington and Noble, two of the magistrates who signed it, were 

A patent of confirmation of Flushing, dated Feb. 16, 1666, names but one Rob- 
ert Field, who is styled neither "senior" nor "junior." It follows that either the 
emigrant was dead, or that his son Robert had left Flushing. The author inclines 
to the latter opinion, as we know that the younger Robert was at Newtown in or 
before 1670, where he resided for the rest of his life and died. 

His father, however, was no longer living in 1673, as shown in the following 
document, preserved at the old Bowne house, which also establishes the name of 
his wife: 

"February ye 6th 1672 (i. e. , 1672-3). 

"Know all men by these prents that I Charity Field, widow. Doe own and 
Confess that the home Lott that Lyeth betwixt the Lott that was formerly old 
Applegate's, and the Lott that was formerly .... Doughty's is my sone 
Anthony Field's Lott and proper land, and 1 never intended nor pretended any 
right to it. ' 'Witness my hand, 

"Testes: "CHARITY FIELD." 

"Elias Doughty, 
"Robert Field," 

She is also referred to in a letter from John Bowne to his wife, written while he 
was abroad, and dated, "Amsterdam this 9th of the 4th mo. called June, 1663." 

The passage reads as follows: "Remember my true love to Joan Chatterton 
and Charity Field." 

We learn by the records of Queens County, Long Island, that Robert Field, 
St., of Newtown, on Oct. 9, 1690, gave to his son Nathaniel Field, lands and salt 
meadows at the head of the "ffly" at Flushing. If he died without "heires," to go 
to his brother Elnathan. Attested before Silas Doughty, Justice, May 26, 1691. 
On same day Robert gave to his son Benjamin his homestead at Newtown, and 
"in case he has no heirs to go to his brother Ambrose." In the Friends' record. 

*This document will be found in Thompson's "History of Long Island," vol. ii., p. 289. 
tSon of Robert Feake, of Watertown, Mass. 


under the fourth month, 1699-1700, "Susannah Field of Newtown, daughter of Robert 
Field," and Isaac Marit (? Merritt), of Burlington, West Jersey, declared intention 
of marriage. 

We learn also by the Flushing records of the Society of Friends that Robert 
Field, of Newtown, died the 13th day of the second month, 1701. The writer is in- 
clined to put the date of his birth as 1631. This accords with what Mr. James 
Riker, the historian of Newtown, wrote to him: "Robert, Sr., at his death in 1701. 
could not have been less than 65 to 70 years of age." His wife, whose name was 
Susannah, survived him. 

I have it from another source that Robert was in Boston in 1644, and went 
from there to Flushing. [I am of the opinion that the Robert in Boston was another 
Robert who married Mary Stanley and died there in 1677.] — F. C. P. 

The boundaries of Flushing in the patent of 1645. — "Upon the north 
side of Long Island to begin at ye westward part thereof at the mouth of 
a creake upon ye East River now commonly called and known by the name of 
Flushing Creeke and so to runne Eastward as far as Matthew Garretson's Bay, to- 
gether with a neck of land commonly called Tew's neck being bounded on the 
Westward part thereof with the land granted to Mr. Francis Doughty and associ- 
ates and on the Eastward part thereof with ye land granted to ye plantation and 
towne of Hempstede and so to runne in two direct lines unto ye south side of ye 
said Island." 

144. i. JOHN, bap. Halifax, England, Dec. 25, 1625; m. . 

145. ii. ROBERT, b. prob. in 1636, Rhode Island; m. Susannah . 

146. iii. ANTHONY, b. prob. Rhode Island, 1638; m. Susannah . 

147. iv. BENJAMIN, b. 1640; m. Sarah . Benjamin Field, of 

Fbishing, named in patents of that town of 1665-6 and 1685, ap- 
pointed ensign by Gov. Nichols, April 22, 1665. 

148. v. HANNAH, b. (Savage); m. May 7, 1656, John Bowne. Thomas 

Bowne, of Mattock, Derbyshire, England, was b. May, 1595. 
John Bowne, his son, was b. at Mattock, March 9, 1627, and came 
to America in 1649. He m. Hannah Field, daughter of Robert, at 
Flushing, May 7, 1656. In the year 1661 he built the house at 
Flushing where for forty years were held the quarterly meeting 
for Friends in the Province of New York, and which has even 
until the present time been occupied by a descendant in the direct 
line. Their daughter Hannah m. Benjamin Field, son of Antho- 
ny. John Bowne, a hard shell Quaker — a very hard individual to 
handle; he had, however, a rough time ot it, as the annals of 
Long Island show. Multitudes of Englishmen left their own loved 
islands because they could not there, in peace, worship God ac- 
cording to their own convictions of right ; when they placed their 
feet on the soil of America they at once practiced the very thing 
they so much disliked at home. Roger Williams was a Baptist, 
and for calling in question the authority of magistrates in respect 
of the rights of the civil power to impose faith and worship, he 
insisting that the civil power only extended to the bodies, goods 
and outward estate of men, for these principles he could not be 
tolerated, and was banished. So also in the case of Mr. Bowne ; 
he seemed to have a liking for George Fox, and that was enough 
to cost him all the persecution he suffered. Even Mr. Williams 


himself put forth his best efforts to "dig George Fox out of his 

149. vi. ELIZABETH, b. (Savage); m. the famous John Underhill. Eliza- 

beth became the second wife of the noted military commander, 
John Underhill. This man occupies a large space in the history 
ot Long Island. 

105. CHRISTOPHER FEILD (William, Robert, John, Christopher, John, 

Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. ; m. . Christopher, 

the husbandman, made his will Dec. i, 1570, describing himself in it as "Xhristo- 
pher Feild, of Crofton." There are legacies in it to his son, Robert Feild, and to 
his Robert's wife and children, Christopher, Frances, Elizabeth and Alice, also to 
Isabel and Frances, children of his son John, to whom he leaves the residue and 
appoints executor. He bequeaths to each of three of the children of his son 
Robert "one ewe lamb," which makes its pretty evident that his calling was that of 
"husbandman." His will was proved March 13, 1570-1. He d. March, 1570-1. 
Res. Crofton, England. 

150. i. ROBERT, b. ; m. Rosamond . 

151. ii. JOHN, b. ; m. . 

152. iii. CHRISTOPHER, b. . 

106. CHRISTOPHER FELD (Christopher, Robert, John, Christopher, John, 

Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. ; m. . Res. Wakefield, 


153. i. ELIZABETH, b. ; m. William Hall, of Settle. An entry in 

the Kingshold manor rolls of Jan. 19, 1581-2, says, "A presentment 
is made that Matthew Feild is dead, and that Elizabeth Feild of 
Wakefield, Co. York, is dau. of Christopher Field, brother of the 
said Matthew." 

We find some notices of Elizabeth Field, niece and heiress of 
Matthew, in the Wakefield manor rolls, viz.: 1580, Elizabeth Field, 
daughter of Christopher Field, brother of Matthew Field, deceased, 
paid V3iiid heriot for "3 shoppes in le mr ketstead de Wakefield, 
close of 2 acres in Alverthorpe, 4 closes (8 acres) in Wrenthorpe 
and Woodall in Stanley, post dec. of Matthew her uncle:" 1583, 
"Elizabeth Field, cousin (i. e., niece) and heir presumptive ot 
Matthew Field, deed, redd, Woodside close in Wrenthorpe (6 acres), 
to Thomas Cave." 

It would appear from the following that Elizabeth Field mar- 
ried, first, a Nowell, and secondly, William Hall: 1596. Inden- 
ture twenty-ninth Elizabeth, "William Hall of Settle, yeoman and 
Eliz. Nowell his wife, cosyn (niece), and heir of Matthew Field of 
the Citie of London deed of the one part and Matthew Watkinson 
of Ardeslowe, chapman, and Matthew Feilde of Ardislowe, gentle- 
man, of the other part, surrender to the two latter, house, shopp, 
with chambre over, in Wakefield and 8 acres in Wrenthorpe at 
£s per annum rent." This entry shows that there was a connec- 
tion between this branch of the family, and that of East Ardsley. 
The last Matthew Feild referred to above was the second son and 
heir of John Feild, the astronomer, whose will contains a legacy 
"to my cosine Nowell and Christopher, his son." This "cosine 
Nowell" was perhaps the first husband of Elizabeth Field. Mat- 
thew Watkinson may have been a son of her aunt, Elizabeth and 


Henry Watkinson, both of whom are named in the will of Eliza- 
beth Field's grandfather, Christopher, in 1557. 

no. MATTHEW FIELD (Christopher. Robert, John, Christopher, John, 

Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. ; m. Elizabeth Meredith. He d. 

January, 15S0. Res., s. p., London, England. 

Matthew, son and heir of Christopher Field, mercer, removed to London, and 
apparently carried on the same busmess there that his father had done at Wakefield. 
We learn from a pedigree of the Meredith family among the Harleian MSS. at the 
British Museum, that he married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Meredith, of Lon- 
don, Mercer, and that this Elizabeth was co-heiress of her brother William, who 
died childless. Matthew Field resided at Hackney, in a mansion called "the Black 
and White House," supposed to have been built by him, and he was a member of 
the "Mercers' Company," one of the most ancient and wealthy of London guilds. 
We learn by the Wakefield manor rolls that he was elected, in 1569, "greave for 
Shay's land, deputy William Sykes." His father, Christopher, was elected to this 
same ofl&ce in 1547, as already stated. The manor of Kingshold forms part of the 
present suburb of London, called Hackney, and in its rolls we find several references 
to Matthew Field. In 1568 William Alman and Elizabeth, his wife (formerly wife 
of William White, deceased), made a surrender to "Matthew Feylde, Citizen and 
Mercer of London." In 1570 Henry White, son of the above William, in 1575, 
Joshua White, one of the heirs of William White, and Elizabeth, his wife, and in 
1576 Thomas White, one of the sons of the aforesaid William White, of Hackney, 
and Eliz., his wife, all made similar surrenders to Matthew Feild, of London, 

Matthew Field seems to have died childless, and left no will. We find an entry 
in the records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, in London, that admiais- 
tration was granted to Anthony Marler on the estate of Matthew Field, of St. 
Laurence, Old Jewry, Mercer, on April i, 1581. His burial is recorded in the 
registers of that church on Jan. 19, 1580* (i. e., 1580-1). 

[By Osgood Field, F. S. A., of Italy.] 

The following article, I hope, may prove of interest to the readers of the Reg- 
ister, and more especially so, to the numerous descendants of Robert Field, the 
emigrant. With some trifling exceptions, the facts here stated have never appeared 
in print, and have been gathered in the course of my own investigations. 

In the Hall of the Mercers' Company, of London, in an old oak carving, consist- 
ing of a large shield of the Mercers' arms, and underneath a smaller one with those 
of Field (a chevron between three garbs), impaling two coats, one a lion rampant, 
the other a chevron between three dolphins ; the latter being the arms of Meredith. 

This carving was formerly in an ancient mansion at Hackney, called "the Black 
and White House," which was pulled down some years since, and which is said to 
have been built by Matthew Field, a member of the Mercers' Company. The carv- 
ing was presented to this guild some time ago, by William Tyssen, whose family, 
now represented by Lord Amherst, have been lords of the manor in which this 
old house stood since 1698. The impalement of the Meredith arms is explained by 
the fact that Matthew Field's wife was of that family, as may be seen in the fol- 
lowing pedigree, taken from the Harleian MSS. in the British Museum, 1096, fol. 20. 

Robert Meredith, of London, Mercer, his will proved 28th Janr'y, 1546. Jane, 
dau. of Sir Wm. Lake, Knt. 

*One of the figures is indistinct in the author's copy, and it may be the 12th of January. 


Rich'd Springham, of London, Mercer. Mary, sister and coh'r of Wm. 

Wm Meredith, married but died s. p. 

Matthew ffield of London, Mercer. Elizabeth, sister and coh'r of Wm. Jeffrey. 
Dutchett of London, Mercer. EUyn sister and coh'r of Wm. 

The court rolls of the manor of Kingshold, which forms part of Hackney County, 
Middx.,* contained the following references to Field: 

1568 Wm Alman & Elizth his wife (formerly wife of Wm White deed) made a 
surrender to Matthew Feylde, Citizen and Mercer of London. 

1570 Henry White (son of the above Wm White) made a surrender to Matthew 
Feild of London, Mercer. 

1575 Joshua White one of the heirs of the above Wm White & Elizth his wife 
surrender to the said Matthew Field. 

1576 Thos White one of the sons of the beforementioned Wm White of Hack- 
ney & Elizth his wife surrender to the sd Matthew Field. 

1581 Henry Rowe is admitted to lands by the surrender of sd Matthew Field 
& Elizth his wife, which lands of late belonged to Henry, Joshua & Thomas White 
as the sons & heirs of Wm White, deed. 

1 581-2 Jan 19. A presentment is made that Matthew is dead and that Eliza- 
beth Field of Wakefield, Co. York is dau. of Christopher Field brother of the sd 

1583 Elizabeth dau. of sd Christopher Field makes a surrender to Wm That- 
cher of London, Draper. 

1599 Matthew Springhamf of London, Merchant Taylor, surrenders land late 
of. Matthew Field of London, Mercer, to the use of Otho Nicholson of London, Esq. 
& Elizth his wife for their lives, remr to sd Springham. 

It would appear, therefore, that Matthew Field died childless, and he does not 
seem to have left a will, as none can be found among those recorded in the Prerog- 
ative Court of Canterbury, London; but there is an entry there that on April i, 
1 581, administration was granted to Anthony Marler. on the estate of Matthew 
Field, of S. Laurence, Old Jewry, Mercer. 

His burial is recorded in the Parish Registers of this church Jan. 12, 1580. We 
have seen that Elizabeth Field, of Wakefield, was heir to Matthew, her uncle, and 
this is confirmed by the following extracts from the rolls of this manor: 

1580 Elizabeth ffield, dau of Christopher ffield, brother of Matthew ffield deed 
paid vsiijd heriot for 3 shoppes in le m'ketstead:); de Wakefield, close of 2 acres in 
Alverthorpe, 4 closes (8 acres) in Wrenthorpe & Woodall in Stanley, post dec. of 
Matthew her uncle. 

1583 Elizabeth ffield cousin (i. e. niece) and heir presumptive of Matthew ffield 
deed redd Woodside close in Wrenthorp (6 acres) to Thomas Cove. 

It would seem from the following entry in the Wakefield rolls that this Eliza- 
beth ffield married William Hall, of Settle: 

1596 Indenture thirty-ninth Elizth Wm Hall of Settle, yeoman, & Elizth 
Nowell, his wife, cosyn (i. e. niece), of Matthew ffield of the Citie of London, deed, 
of the one part and Matthew Watkinson of Ardeslowe, shopman, and Matthew 
ffield of Ardislowe,§ gentleman, of the other part, surrender to the latter house 
shopp with chambre over in Wakefield and 8 acres in Wrenthorpe at ;^5 per annum 

The Matthew ffield, of Ardislow, of the last extract, was the son of John Field, 

*One of the earlier rolls is endorsed 1272 by mistake, as it relates to several years later. 

fSon of Richard Springham of the preceding pedigree. 


§East Ardsley, about three miles from Wakefield. 


ot Ardsley, the astronomer, who has been styled "the Proto-Copernican of Eng- 
land," and to whom the arms ot his family, sa, a chevron between 3 garbs argent, 
were confirmed, and a crest granted Sept. 4, 1558. This Matthew is called second 
son of John Field in the pedigree recorded at the Herald's visitation ot Yorkshire, 
in 1584-5. He is also mentioned in the will of his mother, Jane Field, of Ardsley, 
dated July 17, 1609. He was probably heir to his father, as his eldest brother, 
Richard, was disinherited for misconduct in the astronomer's will, made in 1587. 

To return to Matthew Field, of London, the parish registers of Wakefield do 
not commence till 1613, and therefore afforded no help in tracing his ancestry; but 
among the wills recorded at York, we find that ot Christopher Feylde, of Wake- 
field, mercer, dated July 8, 1557. He names in it his son and heir, Matthew, to whom 
he bequeaths the residue of his estate, and to whose wife a legacy is left. The other 
children named are Elizabeth, "now wife" of Henry Watkinson*, Katharine, wife 
of Richard Atkinson, and Christopher. The testator also speaks of his brothers 
Nicholas and William. He desires to be buried in the church of Wakefield, near 
his wife, and directs his executors to cause "a troughe stone," with a remembrance 
of himself, wife and children in pictures ot brass to be set upon and laid upon the 

The Rev. J. L. Sisson, in his "Historical Sketch of Wakefield Church," pub. 
lished in 1824, says that a monument formerly existed in the north aisle of the 
edifice with this inscription: "Here under this stone lyeth buried the bodies of 
Christopher Fylde, mercer, and Eliz. his wyfe, which Christopher deceased the 30 
day of Nov. in the year of our Lord God 1558, on whose soul Jesus have mercy." 

The Wakefield manor rolls supply another link tending to show the relationship 
between this Christopher and Matthew Field, of London, for we find in them under 
the date of 1547, and heading of Sandall, that Christopher ffield was elected proposi- 
tus for lands formerly Thomas Shays, and again in 1569, also headed Sandall, that 
Matthew ffield, of London, was elected prepositus (greave) for Shay's land, deputy 
William Sykes. 

In the subsidy roll of the fifteenth Henry VIII. (1524), under Westgate Wake- 
field, Christopher Feyld is assessed for ;^20 goods 20s. There are a few other 
references to him in the manor rolls. In 1541 he surrendered lands in Wakefield 
graveship and manor to Elizabeth, his wife. He is referred to in 1544 as Christo- 
pher ffeld, Sandall, merchant. In 1552 Robert Copley "redd lands to Christopher 
ifeld, Sandall." I presume that his residence was at or near Sandall, and his 
place of business in Wakefield. 

There was another Christopher Field living at the same time in this neighbor- 
hood. Both Christophers witnessed the will of Christopher Rishworthe, gent, of 
Crofton, in 1538 — one describing himself as "wardroper," and the other as "hus- 
bandman." The latter made his will in December, 1570, and died shortly after. 
He names in it his sons Robert and John, also Christopher, Frances, Elizabeth and 
Alice, children of Robert and Israel and Frances, those of John. He describes 
himself as ot Crofton, and as he leaves to five of his grandchildren each "one ewe 
lamb" we may assume that his calling was that of "husbandman," and that he is 
the witness so described in Rishworthe's will. 

Crofton and Sandall are about two miles from Wakefield, and adjoin. The 
latter was at this period by far the most important of the two, and those residing 
in its immediate neighborhood may have been described as of Sandall. Here stood 
the famous castle, whose ruins are still shown, which was originally the chief seat 
of Wakefield manor, and which was at different epochs the residence of Richard 

♦Probably father of Matthew Watkinson, named in indenture, 1596. 


IIL, and many other royal and distinguished persons, till its capture in 1645, during 
the civil wars, and demolition shortly after. It is not clear, therefore, if Christo 
pher Field, the father of Matthew, of London, resided at Crufton, or Sandall. The 
Parish Registers do not help us in this matter ; those of the former place not com- 
mencing till 1617, and of the latter till 1652. 

On the south side of the village of Crofton is an old building, on which are the 
arms of this family of Field — chevron between three garbs. It was doubtless the 
residence of some members of it; but I cannot say if it was the home of either 
Christopher, or dates back to their time. There were members of the family at a 
much later period at Crofton. William Field, who made his will Dec. 4, 1623, 
describes himself as "of Crofton," and left sons, William, Richard, Henry and 

All the persons named were, without doubt, offshoots of the family, which had 
been seated at Sowerby* since the commencement of the existing manor rolls. 
These begin in 1284!, but are imperfect till 1306. How much earlier they weie 
there is not clear; but it would appear from the Coucher book of Whalley Abbey, 
which has been published by the Cheltham Society, that there were Fields at 
Rochdale about the middle of the thirteenth century. Although this town is in 
another county — Lancashire— it is only about a dozen miles from Sowerby. 

The earliest mention I have met with of any member of the family in the 
immediate neighborhood of the town of Wakefield is in 1413, when John Field, ot 
Normanton, is referred to in the manor rolls, who may have been the progenitor of 
the branches whom we find later at Crofton, Sandall and Ardsley. 

The diary of Richard Symonds, written in 1644 and 1645, which has been pub- 
lished by the Camden Society, contains a description of a monument, which he saw 
in Madley church, near Hereford, which has since disappeared. It was that of a 
knight in complete armor of the thirteenth century— his surcoat embroidered with 
his arms— sable, three garbs argent; underneath was the inscription "Walt us et 
Joh' esFelde." The name and similarity of the arms would indicate that the 
family ot these knights was identical with that of Wakefield manor, but there 
exists so little documentary evidence of this early date that I am unable to trace 
the connection. 

Burke, who is not always reliable, states in one edition of his "Landed Gentry," 
that Hubertus de la Feld held lands in Lancashire, the third year after the con- 
quest (presumably granted for military services at the time of the Norman invasion), 
and that others of the name were proprietors in this county at various dates during 
the next two centuries. I would remark here that the name is always written 
"del flfeld" in the earlier part of the Wakefield rolls, and until after 1400. and that 
this is a more correct form than "de la ffeld." The simplicity of the family arms, 
aside from the early date of the monument in Madley church, show that they were 
among the most ancient in the united kingdom. In choosing this "canting" coat 
one would suppose that the Fields would have assumed the natural and proper 
color for the garbs; but there was a substantial reason for not having done so, as it 
would have been identical with one already adopted by another family. 

In a roll of arms, attributed to the reign of Henry III., and which is considered 
the most ancient one in England, of which any copy exists, the coat of the de 
Segraves is given as sable, three garbs or. A little later the Earls of Chesterboro, 
Azure, three garbs or. 

Although there may be in England, or America, and probably are, other des- 

♦Pronounced Sorby. 

tOne of the earlier rolls is endorsed 1272 by mistake, as it relat«s to several years later. 


cendants of the family which was once numerous in the manor of Wakefield, and 
of which Matthew Feild, of London, mercer, was a member, only those who can 
trace their ancestry to Robert Field, one of the patentees of Flushing, Long Island, 
in 1645, have established a claim to represent it. His father, William,* is described 
as of Sowerby, in the parish registers of Halifax, when his two eldest children 
were baptized March 9, 1605, and remained here until his death, in 1619. His 
removal may be explained by the fact that his wife. Susan, was daughter of John 
Midgley, of North Ouram, and not improbably she inherited property there. North 
Ouram, as well as Sowerby, is in the extensive and once royal manor ot Wakefield, 
which may be considered the cradle of this branch of the Feilds. 

To conclude, the connection between the great city companies of London and 
the Wakefield manor family did not cease with the death of Matthew Field, for in 
the rolls referred to there is this entry, under the date of 1612: "Wm Feilde eives 
et Marchantef Tayler de London & Sara up eins, surrender vac. voc. Lawsfield 
(Wakefield) to John Lyon of Wakefield, gent., money to be paid at his house in the 
psh of St. Faitn, London." This William Field's will, recorded in the Prerogative 
Court of Canterbury, London, is dated Jan. 28, 1621-2, and was proved February 
13th of the same year. He describes himself as Citizen and Merchant Taylor of 
London, speaks of his wife, Sara, and children not named. Besides other property 
he leaves lands in Bedfordshire and Lambeth, and bequeaths to twenty poor people 
of this parish of St. Faith each 20s. His widow, Sarah s will was dated July 30, 
1653, but not proved till Nov. 10, 1657. She describes herself as "of St. Faith's 
under St. Paul's, widow, aged and weak." She names her eldest son Samuel, 
deceased, son James, grandchild William Field, and daughters Sarah, wife of 
Robert Thornton, Elizabeth, wife of Adam Howes, and Mary, wife of William 
Jeston; also granddaughter Mary, wife of Oliver Boteler, of Harrold, County Bed- 
ford, Esq. She speaks of her cases in St. Paul's churchyard, and Old Change. Her 
burial is thus recorded in the parish registers of St. Faith's, May 4, 1657: "Mrs. 
Feild, out of St. John's chancel." In the registers of St. Faith are recorded the 
baptisms of William, Elizabeth, Daniel and Nathaniel, between 1656 and 1661, 
inclusive, children of "William Field, woolen draper, and Elizabeth, ot St. Paul's 
churchyard." The father was, doubtless, the grandchild named in Sarah Field's 

111. JOHN FIELD (John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas. Thomas, 

John. Thomas. Roger), b. in England about 1590; m. . Descendants of 

John, of Cockernhoe, claim that he is a grandson of John, the astronomer. The 
same coat of arms and same crest as were used by the latter have been used by the 
former's descendants. Res. Cockernhoe, England. 

154. i. HENRY, b. about 1620; m. Elizabeth Rudd. 

112. ZECHARIAH FIELD (John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas. 
Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. East Ardsley, Yorkshire, England, in 1596; m. 

about 1641, Mary . She d. about 1670. He d. June 30, 1666. Res. Dorchester, 

Mass., in 1629; Hartford, Conn., in 1636; Northampton, in 1659, and Hatfield, 
Mass., in 1663. 

Zechariah Field, son of John, and grandson of John Field, the astronomer, born 
in East Ardsley, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. England, about 1600. He prob- 

*Piobably the William, son of Christopher Field, of Sowerby, and Grace Gradsheighe, who 
was baptized at Halifax in 1543. 

tit does not follow that his calling was that of tailor, for many having other occupations 
joined this wealthy guild for the great privileges conferred by its membership. 


ably came to New England through Wales, and sailed from Bristol, and arrived in 
Boston in 1629, and settled in Dorchester. 

In 1636 a large number of English emigrants, among whom was Zechariah 
Field, removed from Cambridge, Dorchester and Watertown, to Hartford, Windsor 
and Wethersfield, Conn. He settled in Hartford; his residence was upon Sentinel 
Hill, near the present north end of Main street. At this time he was still in the 
vigor of manhood, and was one of the forty-two men furnished by Hartford to take 
part in the Pequod war. 

In venturing thus far toward the frontier he exposed his family to great dan- 
gers from the savages that were lurking near the new settlements. A few years 
later King Philips war stirred up the Indians from one end of Massachusetts to the 
other. The massacre of Bloody Brook (a part of Deerfield), in which a whole com- 
pany o± soldiers were killed, put a thrill of horror through the new settlements, that 
were soon deserted, the people fleeing to Northampton for safety. But a few 
months later the whites turned the tide in the battle of Turner's Falls, which 
gave them rest for some years, till the Indians were stirred up again by the French, 
and attacking Deerfield at night, set fire to the town and massacred part ot the 
inhabitants, and made prisoners of the rest. In all these terrible scenes few fam- 
ilies suffered more than the Field family, of whom some were killed and others, 
including women, carried into captivity, to Canada. But in spite ot all these dan- 
gers the brave settlers held the frontier and became the ancestors of families who 
have kept the name unsullied, honored and revered. Among their descendants 
are not only judges, senators, congressmen, clergymen, lawyers and physicians, but 
men of business, and one — Marshall Field, ot Chicago — the leading dry goods mer- 
chant in the world. 

In 1659 Zechariah removed to Northampton, where he was engaged in mercan- 
tile business, and had a large trade with the Indians. He was one of the twenty- 
five persons who engaged to settle in what is now Hatfield, and was one of the com- 
mittee to lay out the lands. They were to have their houses built and occupy them 
before Michaelmas (Sept. 29, 1661), but he did not probably go there until the next 
year, where he died, June 30, 1666. After his removal to Hatfield he was in busi- 
ness. His home lot contained eight acres, and was the first lot north of the North- 
ampton road, and is now (1879) owned by William Billings, Esq. 

"Zechariah Field was the first of the names to come to America from England, 
in 1630, and he is the ancestor of a large proportion of the families of that name, 
not only in New England, but in the United States. He was in Boston and Dor- 
chester and moved thence to Hartford, Conn., going through the wilderness to the 
Connecticut river, where he was one of the first settlers. He owned large tracts of 
land there, some of which are now in the heart of the city of Hartford, one of these 
is now crossed by Asylum street, and is adorned by some of its most beautiful resi- 
dences in that city. In 1644 dissensions arose in the church, which could not be 
successfully reconciled. He, with others of the early settlers, bought nine miles 
square of land lying north of Mt. Holyoke. Mr. Field settled in the part now 
named Northampton. In 1661 a grant was given him in the part now Hatfield, to 
which place he moved, and there passed the remainder of his days." 

"Zechariah was the first to make his home in New England, and has the most 
numerous descendants, being the ancestor not only of a large proportion of the 
families of the name of Field in New England, but in the United States. He emi- 
grated and landed in Boston in 1629, and settled in Dorchester. In 1636 a number of 
English emigrants, among whom was Zechariah Field, removed from Cambridge, 
Dorchester and Watertown to Connecticut, and settled in the towns of Hartford, 
Wethersfield and Windsor. Zechariah settled in Hartford, and his residence was 


upon Sentinel Hill, near the north end of Main street. He also owned 
lands upon which is Asylum street. The early historians of Connecticut speak 
of these emigrants as among the earliest planters in the state, and were all 
well-to-do persons. In 1658. after the death of Rev. Thomas Hooker, the 
first minister of the church in Hartford, a serious controversy arose in 
that and the neighboring churches of Windsor and Wethersfield, in rela- 
tion to the "qualification for baptism, church membership and the rights of 
the brotherhood," and all efforts at reconciliation proving unsuccessful, the minor- 
ity in the churches of Hartford and vicinity, with the view of extricating them- 
selves and their children from these ecclesiastical dissensions, and being attracted 
by the beautiful and productive meadows on the Connecticut river above North- 
ampton, associated themselves together to the number of sixty, of whom Zechariah 
Field was one, purchased of the Nonotuck Indians on the east side of the river a 
tract of land nine miles square, extending from Mount Holyoke to Napasoneag 
brook, nearly twelve miles up and down the river, which included the town of 
Hadley, and parts of the towns of Amherst, Granby, Leverett and Sunderland. 
They also purchased the same year of the Northampton proprietors Capawonk, 
which included Hatfield meadow and Hockanum, on the east side of the river, 
opposite Northampton. In 1659 fifty-nine of these associates came up to Hadley, 
where forty-six remained, and thirteen came across the river, and mostly settled in 
Hatfield. Mr. Field settled in Northampton, where he was engaged in mercantile 
business and had a large trade with the Indians. He was one of the twenty-five 
persons who engaged to settle in what is now Hatfield. They were to have their 
houses built and occupy them before Michaelmas (Sept. 29, 1661). His home lot 
contained eight acres, and was the first lot south of the Northampton road, where 
the dwelling of William Billings now (1S80) stands. Referring to the causes which led 
these people to leave their newly acquired homes in Connecticut, and go forth into the 
wilderness and make for themselves new homes, where dangers were ever present. 
True, they bought the lands from the Indians and the title deed signed by Umpan- 
chala and his brother, Etowomq, granting the land from Mill river, or Capawonk, 
to the north side of the great meadows, and to extend back westerly from the 
Connecticut river nine miles. Yet this gave them no immunity from the continual 
alarms ot Indian warfare which soon after sprung up, and was nearly continuous 
until the capture of the Canada's by the English and colonists which resulted in the 
peace of Paris in 1763." — Rodney Field. 

The early portion of the history of Hatfield will be found in the history ot 
Hadley, of which it originally formed a part. With Hadley, it was settled in 1659, 
and, although it was municipally and ecclesiastically a portion of Hadley, it began 
at an early day to transact certain kinds of business independently, in what were 
denominated "side meetings," the "side" having reference to the opposite side of 
the river from the center of jurisdiction. The inconveniences resulting from the 
necessity of crossing the river to attend meetings, were felt from the first, and 
when the population had been somewhat increased, in the passage of a few years, 
they gave rise to a controversy which at last resulted in the establishment of the 
town of Hatfield. Petitions and manifestoes, almost without number, were sent to 
the General Court from both sides. 

The Hartford, Conn., land records have a large number of conveyances, gjrantor 
and grantee of Zechariah Field (1639 to 1662). Those old transfers were not much 
more than a memorandum. 

The most prominent and controlling cause which led to the settling of Hadley 
and Hatfield was, without a doubt, the disagreement that arose in the churches, 
that had been planted at Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor, Conn. 


Hubbard says that the disagreements ended in the removal of one part of the 
church to Hadley and Hatfield. The cause of disagreement was simply this: 
Quite a minority in these churches held to different views relating to qualifications 
tor baptism, church membership and the rights of the brotherhood. As relating 
to baptism, the minority held that it parents were respectable and not open to 
reproach for bad conduct, on their consenting to the covenant, they should have 
their children baptized. A matter of vital importance, as it was supposed and 
believed that without this rite having been administered, the child dying would be 
forever lost, even before it came to a knowledge of good and evil. And then some 
believed that no one should be permitted to enjoy church membership, except those 
that gave some evidence of their faith; while the minority wanted all to be admitted 
to the Lord's table, who had competent knowledge, and who were not immoral, 
though not claiming to have been regenerated. And then the minority were in 
favor of congregational form of government rather than a government by the elders 
and clergy. 

Thus we see the causes which led these people to leave their homes and go 
forth into the wilderness, and make for themselves new homes, where dangers 
were even present. True, they bought their lands of the Indians, and the title 
deed, signed by Umpanchala, and his brother. Etowomq, granting the land from 
Mill river, or Capawonk, to the north side of the Great or North Meadows, and to 
extend back westerly from the Connecticut river nine miles. Yet this gave them no 
immunity from the dangers resulting from the almost constant roar maintained by 
the various Indian tribes all along our frontier settlements. Among those who 
cared more for free religious thought and action then he did for sitting supinely by 
and allowing the minister to do the thinking for him, was the ancestor of our 
worthy host, Zechariah Field. Indeed he dared leave his house and lands, and 
although then three score years old, to leave all and go out into a new land, and 
built tor himself a new home, where Indians roamed the fields, fished in our 
brooks, hunted in our woods, and planted corn in our meadows, sold brooms to 
our housewives, begged cold victuals, and strong water when they could get it, 
from our very religious ancestors in times of peace. But when ere long, strife 
was engendered and ruthless savage warfare was waged around our little frontier 
settlements; then, indeed, the faith and trust of these noblemen, was equal to 
the occasion, and while they bravely defended their wives and little ones from 
the savage foe with such skill and power as they possessed they never forgot the 
great facts of their faith and calmly trusted in the Lord for that deliverance which 
He alone could give. 

155. i. MARY, b. about 1643; rn. Oct. 6, 1663, Joshua Carter, Jr., of 
Northampton. He was b. in 1638; was son of Joshua, of Dorches- 
ter, Windsor and Hartford. Was in Northampton in 1660, and 
was one of the first settlers in Deerfield; was constable in 1674, 
and was one of the ill-fated ones who tell with Captain Lathrope. 
He was killed by Indians with Captain Lathrope, at Bloody brook, 
Sept. 18, 1675. He was removing some of his effects to North- 
ampton tor safety where his family soon went. Ch. : i. Child, b. 
Feb. 27, 1664; d. May 17, 1664. 2. Abigail, b. Feb. 11, 1666. 3. 
Joshua, b. June 6, 1668; m. Mary Skinner; removed to Hartford. 
4. Jacob Benton, b. Sept. 21, 1698; m. July 6, 1724, Abigail Cas- 
tee, dau. of Joshua, third. 5. Timothy Dodd, Sr., bap. Aug. 17, 
1724; m. Abigail Benton, dau. of Jacob. 6. Dorus Barnard, b. 
Dec. 10, 1758; m. Oct. 12, 1780, Abigail Dodd, dau. of Timothy, 
Sr. 7. Lemuel Steele, Jr., b. Aug. 22, 1787; m. Nov. 29, 1810, 



Tabitha Barnard, dau. of Dorus. 8. John F. Steele, b. March i2, 
1822; m. Sept. 2, 1846, Frances Mary, dau. of Oliver Steele. 9. 
Frederick Morgan Steele, b. Nov. 27, 1851; m. Nov. 6, 1883, Ella 
A., dau. of William H. H. Pratt. Frederick M. Steele is president 
of the Chicago Forge and Bolt Co., with works and office at 
Fortieth street and Stewart avenue, Chicago, 111. 4. Joseph, prob. 

5 ''^156. ii. ZECHARIAH. b. about 1645; m. Sarah Webb. 

moV' 157. iii. JOHN, b. about 1648; m. Mary Edwards. 

158. iv. SAMUEL, b. about 1651; m. Sarah Gilbert. 
— - — 159. v. JOSEPH, b. about 1658; m. Joanna Wyatt and Mary Belding. 

113. JAMES FIELD (Matthew. John, Richard, William. William, Thomas, 

Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. East Ardsley, England, in 1591 ; m. Margaret , 

named in the parish register of Thurnscoe. James Feild, of Thurnscoe, described 
as son and heir in a bond dated July 6, 1617. Called "eldest brother" in Matthew's 
will, who bequeathed to his children ;i^2o. Succeeded to the manor of Thurnscoe 
on the death of his father in 1631, being then forty years of age. He resided at 
Thurnscoe. Some of the parish records in which church his children were baptized 
in 1630, are quite obliterated. He d. ; res. Thurnscoe, England. 

JAMES, bap. Aug. 17, 1628. 

WILLIAM, bap. May 4, 1630. 

ROBERT, bap. Jan. 27, 1632. 

JUDITH, b. ; m. Nov. 7, 1646, John Sylvester, Gent, of Mans- 

ANNE, bap. June 23, 1639; d. April 9, 1640. 

MATTHEW FIELD (Matthew, John, Richard, William. William, 
Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), bap. March 12, 1608, East Ardsley, 
England; m. Margaret Feild, daughter of Robert; buried at East Ardsley, June 14, 
1632. Matthew Feild, of East Ardsley, baptized there March 12, 1608-9. Will 
dated Jan. 10, 1638-9, proved April 19, 1639. He values his estate at "noe less than 
1440 pounds." He leaves ^^400 to his son Matthew, who appears to have been his 
only child, and gives him the disposal of ;^ioo when he was sixteen years of age. 
There is a legacy of ^20 to his brother James and to his daughter Judith Field, 
now with me, Fyve pounds. To my brother William Feild, ;^2o; to my brother 
John Feild, ;{J30; to my cozin (nephew) Gervis Smith, who is at Cambridge five 
pounds; to my sister Shawe, forty shillings; to my sister Anne Farmer, twenty 
pounds; to my brother Gervaise Smith's children, equally ^^lo. He speaks of his 
brother James' children. There are other legacies to friends, servants and the poor 
of Ardsley. He appoints his father-in-law, Mr. Robert Field, his brother James 
Feild, and his brother-in-law Gervis Smith, supervisors. The entry in the parish 
register shows his wife died before he did. He d. April, 1639; res. East Ards- 
ley, England. 

165. i. MATTHEW, b. about 1631. Matthew Feild, only child named in 
his father's will in 1638-9; not then 16 years of age. 

121. HON. JOHN FIELD (William, John, Richard, William, William*), b. 

prob. in Thurnscoe, England; m. ; she d. in 1686. His estate was admr. upon 

Mar. 22, 1686. 

Aug. 20, 1637 — at this date or a little later, he and twelve others signed the fol- 
lowing compact: 

"We whose names are hereunder, desirous to inhabit in the town of Provi- 













*For convenience we drop the names of the early ancestors. See former generation. 


dence, do promise to subject ourselves in active or passive obedience, to all such 
orders or agreements as shall be made for public good of the body, in au orderly 
way, by the major assent of the present inhabitants, masters ot families incorpo- 
rated together into a town tellowship, and such others whom they shall admit unto 
them, only in civil things." 

July 27, 1640, he and thirty-eight others signed an agreement for form of gov- 
ernment; Jan. 27, 1645, he bought twenty-five acres and a share of meadow of 
Ezekiel Holiman; in 1655, he was a freeman; Oct. 8, i65g, was on the jury; Feb. 
19, 1665, in a division ot lots he drew number five; in 1676, he was a deputy; July 
t, 1679, Zachary Field and his father were taxed together; Nov. 22, 1686, his will 
was exhibited by son Zachariah for probate, but the executrix not appearing, and 
no witnesses cited, and the legatees having already proceeded in division, etc., the 
town council refused to probate it. Inventory ^34, 19s, 6d. 

Here is a copy of a remarkable paper. Some years ago while collating and 
arranging the old papers of the town of Providence, it was necessary to detach 
a lot of old papers that had been pasted into scrap books. One of these papers 
which had a return ot the property of Joseph Jenks (liable to be taxed) upon being 
"soaked off" of the page had upon the other side the writing which is here copied. 
It is in the handwriting of Thos. Olny, long the town clerk, and refers to the first 
John Field ot Providence without doubt. It was evidently the beginning of some 
instrument which he had been commissioned to prepare, and was left unfinished, 
for what reason it would now be impossible to tell. It was written in 1686 or 1687. 

Yours very truly, EDWARD FIELD. 

Providence, January, 1900. 


"Whereas there was by James Field of St. Albans in Hertfordshire, who is 
some time since deceased a bequest made of one hundred pounds the which by his 
last will and testament he gave and bequeathed unto his brother John Field dwell- 
ing in Providence in New Eogland; and if he were dead then ye said moneys to be 
divided amongst his children. And whereas ye sayd John Field is deceased and 
ye sayd legacye not yet payd. Be it known." — Providence Town Papers, 01 103. 

Early records of town of Providence, vol. i, p. 112, is a deed signed by James 

Mathewson, badly torn, dated 20th day of , 16—; "the other two akres and 

halfe from Father in law John Field of Providence." 

B. 1, p. 95, Early Records. 1661, 7 mo., 21 d. From William Field 60 acres of 
land on Waubosset Plain on S. E. side of Long Pond. 

6, 47. Will of James Mathewson, date Aug. 24, 1682, presented Oct. 10, 1682. 
Hannah widow apptd. Administratrix. See copy of Will in 6-59. He speaks of son 
Zachariah and of a child unborn— also of daughters. 

Early Records of Providence, vol. 6, p. 153. March 22, 16S5-6. Whereas Zach- 
ary Field hath this day exhibitted to ye Council a writtemg which he sayth is his 
Father (John Field deceased) his last will, proposing to the Councill concerning 
probation thereof, but the Executrix not appearing to propegate the same nor to 
give in bond, nor no wittnesses appear to give in testimony upon the same. And 
upon examination of the said writeing it appeareth dubious in itself. And finding 
that the legatees have before proceeded to action as to the Estate therein contained, 
the Council do not at present see their way clear to proceed to a probation thereof. 

The Inventory of the Estate of the deceased John Field also brought this day 
before the Council and hath been by ye Council so far taken notice of as that it is 
attested by William Hopkins. It as appears amounts to ;^34 — 19 — 6. 


John Field was probably living in May, 1684, as the Town Council were notified 
to meet at his house. 

Early Records, vol. 8, p. 12. 1676, Aug. 14. John Field was one of twenty- 
seven who "staid and went not away." This is an error. 

Gorton S. D. 1644, Jan. 30. One of twelve who testified of the cruelties of 
the Massachusetts men in relation to Gorton. 
He d. in March, 16S6; res. Providence, R. I. 

166. i. HANNAH, b. ; m. in Providence. James Mathewson; d. 1682; 

m. 2d, Henry Brown, b. 1625, d. Feb. 20, 1703, s. p.; he was 
deputy in 16S0. Hannah d. in 1703; res. Providence, R. 1. Chil- 
dren: I. Ruth, m. Benjamin Whipple. 2. James, b. Aug. 11, 
1666; m. April 5, 1696, Elizabeth Clemence. 3. John, m. Deliver- 
ance Malavery. 4. Isabel, m. John Brown. 5. Thomas, b. April 
I, 1673; m. Martha Field, daughter of Thomas (see) 6. Lydia. 

7. Zachariah, m. Sarah and Joanna Eddy. 8. Daniel, b. Jan. 

28, 1682: m. Sarah Inman, Esther , Chanty Truman and 

Lydia Montague. Children: Daniel, b. March 5, 1704: m. Oct. 7, 
1731, Lydia Edmunds, daughter of Wm. and Alice; m. 2d, Meri- 

bah . Children: ix. Noah. 2. Abraham. 3. Daniel. 4. 

Lydia. 5. Avis. 6. Keziah. ix. Noah, b. in 1734; m. Judith—. 
He d. in 1824, "a patriot of the Revolution," aged 90 yrs. Chil- 
dren: I. Charles. 2. Asa. 3. Lucretia. 4x. Dorcas. 5. Rhoda. 
6. Joseph. 7. Benjamin. 8. Noah. 9. Judith. 10. Daniel. 4x. 
Dorcas, daughter of Noah and Judith Mathewson, b. Dec. 7, 1762; 
d. April 5, 1S47; m. Willard Eddy, who had been a soldier in the 
Revolutionary war, in the year 1782, Dec. 11. They settled in 
Gloucester, R. I., whence they removed to Richfield, Otsego Co., 
N. Y. Children: i. Mathewson. 2. Otis. 3. Rhoda. 4. Han- 
nah. 5x. Elizabeth. 6. Nancy. 7- Lydia. 5x. Elizabeth Eddy, 
m. Joseph Beardsley, son of Obadiah and Eunice Beardsley, Jan. 4, 
1819, at Richfield, Otsego Co., N. Y. Children: i. Dorcas, m. 
Stephen H. Lathrop, a banker ot Oswego, N. Y. 2. Joseph, a 
physician. 3. Frances, m. Erastus Clark, a lawyer of Utica. 
N. Y. 4x. Lydia, m. Floyd Cushman Shepard, a banker, of Ilion, 
N. Y. 5. Lewis, m. Charlotte Judah. 6. Mary, m. Maj. Edmund 
Underwood, U. S. A. 7. Anna, m. Alexander Seward, a lawyer 
of Utica, N, Y. 4x. Lydia Louise Bardsley, m. Floyd Cushman 
Shepard, Jan. 12, 1847, at Richfield, N. Y. He was b. Sept. 21, 
1824; d, Nov. 2. 1894. Children: ix. Mary Louise, b. April 24, 
1848; m. Oct. 8, 1873. 2. Alfred, b. Feb. 6, 1851; m. Oct.. 1875. 
3. Fanny, b. 1853: unmarried. 4. Harry, b. 1855; d. 1874. 5- 
Elizabeth, b. 1857; m. F. Armstrong, Oct. 5. 1877; d. Sept., 1892. 
6. Robert, b. 1859, unmarried. 7. Kate, b. 1862; d. 1875. 8. 
Floyd, b. 1864; d. 1864. 9. Grace, b. 1865; unmarried. 10. Alice, 
b. 1867; m. A. Richardson. 11. Floy, b. 1870; m. F C. Brooks. 
IX. Mary Louise m. Gilbert W.Warren, b. Sept. 5. 1843; res. 
Ilion, N. Y. He is a manufacturer. Children: i. Fanny Louise, 
b. Dec. 17, 1877, at Saginaw, Mich.; d, at Ilion, N. Y., June 21, 
1878. 2. Gilbert Watson, b. Aug. 15. 1883, at Indianapolis, Ind. ; 
now lives at Ilion, N. Y. 3. Anna Raymond Beardsley, b. March 
22, 1887, at Ilion, N. Y. ; d. Dec. 19, 1894. 
167. ii. JOHN, b. about 1645 ; m. Elizabeth Everden. 


i68. iii. DANIEL, b. ; d. unm. Aug , 1676. May, 1671, he gave allegi- 
ance to King Charles II. Aug., 1679, he was buried. He and 
— another buried at about same time— were called "in the flower 
of their youth." 

169. iv. ZACHARIAH, b. about 1650; m. Sarah Thornton. 

170. V. RUTH, b. ; m. Jan. 7, 1669, John Angell, b. 16^6. He d. July 

27, 1720; she d. 1727. He was son of Thomas of Salem, who came 
over in the ship Lyon for Boston. Went to Salem, returned to 
Boston, and with four others went to Providence with Roger 
Williams. John remained in Providence during King Philip's 
war, and had a share of the captive Indians. In 1686 he was dep- 
ut}-. He gave his son John his mansion house and land on both 
sides of Woonasquatucket river. His wife Ruth, Sept. 30, 1720, 
was administratrix with son Hope. Children: i. Thomas, b. 

March 25, 1672. 2, Mercy, b. 1675. 3. John, b, . 4. Daniel, 

b. May 2, 1680. 5. James, b, 1684. 6. Hope, b. Dec. 12, 1685. 

122. WILLIAM FIELD (William, John, Richard, William, William*), b. in 

Thurnscoe, England, prob. m. in England, Deborah ; she d. s. p. in 1679. 

On account of religious persecution he fled to Wales and as soon as possible there- 
after came to America. From Providence R. I. Records B. 2, p. 140. To Richard 
Burden of Portsmouth, May 17, 1658-59. 

B. 2, p. 142. Of William Burrows, Nov. 30, 1660. 

B. 2, p. 353. Of Edward Harte, March 5, 1641 ; joins with R. Williams. 

B. I, p. 66. To Thomas Olney, Sen., Apr. 14, 1645, for good consideration. 

B. I, p. 66. To Thomas Olney, Sen., for good consideration. 

Complains against Gorton in 1643. 

Assistant 1650, 1658, 1660. 

Mentioned in Charter of 1663. 

Early Records, Prov., B. 2, p. 37. Feb. 2, 1659, John Warner apprenticed to 
Wm. Field for 7 years. 

B. 8, p. 24. Jan. 28, 1677, Thomas Field, heir of William Field, deceased, 
granted privilege of recording his deeds. 

B. 8, p. 48. April 28, 1679, Arthur Fenner granted permission to record deeds 
of land purchased of William Field in 1657. 

Mrs. Brownell. "William was son of William who was born in 1571. 

William was son of Sir John who died 1587. 

John was son of Richard who died 1542. 

Richard was grandson of William who died 1480." 

Staples Annals, p. 168. William Field's house was fortified and made a garri- 
son house during Philip's war. The house was on South Main street, near Provi- 
dence Bank Building. 

Will of William Field. Probate Docket, Vol. 1. No. A 16. Early Records, 
Vol. 7, p. 225. Lett all men know before whome these presentes shall come; That 
l^WiUiam fBeld of providence in Rhoade Jland and providence CoUonie, or planta- 
tions in in New-England; being weake in Bodye, but perfect in my Memorie; and 
not knoweing how the wise God may disposse of me Either to life or death And 
willing to Sett all my Earthly, & worldly Estate in order that there maj' be no dis- 
traction therein when 1 am departed this world ; I doe ordaine this as my last will 
&_Testament; Jtem, I doe give unto my deare & loving Cousen Thomas fiield now 
at providence with me all that Cargo that is now upon Sending to the Barbados, 

* For convenience names of early ancestors are dropped. See preceding generation. 


as also all my norse kind that I have, Saving those which I Shall hereafter Ex- 
presse; Also I doe Give & bequeath unto my Said Cousen Thomas f&eld foure 
HeifEers which at preseant are at Neotaconitt at Henry ffowlars; Also I doe Give 
unto my forsaid Cousen that Right of my Land which I have at 
also my Right in that land which belongeth to me above pauchassett River, which 
is now in Controvercy with Some men of Warwick, I meane that above pauchassett, 
as I chalenge in the Right of pautuxett ; Also 1 give unto my said Cousen those my 
ffurres which I have in my howse at this presant. Jtem I give & bequeath unto my 
Servant John Warner, one young Maare, being that mare which goeth at Warwick, 
or that lately there went. Jtem I doe bequeath unto my deare & loveing wife Two 
mares and one Coalt, the one mare is the old mare which I bought of Robert Mar- 
tin, with that Colt of the Said mare, which is the Coalt Expressed. The other 
mare, is that mare which I bought of Abiah Carpenter; Also I doe give unto my 
Said wife all the rest of my Cattell which I have not before Expressed, of what 
kind soever they be both Small and great, to be her owne proper Goodes ; As also 
1 doe give unto her all the rest of my Goodes: and moveables: as well that 
which is as Yett coming to me from the Barbados, which is from thence due to me, 
as the rest which belongeth to me ; As also all my tackling about Cartagge, as 
Cartes yoakes &cr: and all tooles whatso Ever to me belonging; Also I doe be- 
queath unto my Saide wife duering her ^life, all my home stall, or dwelling place 
that I am at presant possessed with. As howses, and Barne and Barnes, or out 
howsen goeing under what name so Ever, & the land with the Said howses : As 
also I doe give unto my Said wife duering her said Liffe all my upland in Saxaffrax 
neck, as also all my meaddow at pomeconssett or that goeth under that name, as 
also I doe give unto my Saide wife all my Land which lieth in the Neck to make 
use of duering her life, and all my other Landes whereso Ever not before Ex- 
pressed. And after her desease my will is that all the howses, & Landes before 
Expressed Shall goe or belong unto the forsaid Thomas ffield, or to his Heirs, or 
Assignes ; or so many of the Said howses or Bamnes, as shall be then Standing, 
Also I leave my wiflfe my tull & Lawfull Exsecutnx, both to pay my Debtes, as 
also to receive my debtes due to me from any, as also to se my Bodye decently 
Buried ; Jn wittnesse of this my will I have Sett to my hand & Seale this one & 
Thirtieth day of May, and in the Yeare of Christ one Thousand, six hundred, Sixty 

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered The 

in the presence of vs marke X of William 

Thomas Oluey Senior fieild 

The marke X of Thomas 

Thomas Olney Junior: 

Memorandum before these presentes were Sealed, his will is, that his Servant John 

Warner Shall Serve his Tyme out with his now Dame. 

A True Copie Copied June the third, 1665 P nie Tho: 
Olney Junior Clarke of the Towne of providence ; 
This is aproved of by me 

William Carpenter Asistant. 
He d. in May or June, 1665; res., s. p., Providence, R. I. 

123. THOMAS FIELD (William, John, Richard, William, William*), b. prob. 

in Thumscoe, England; m. . Res., Thurnscoe, England. 

171. i. THOMAS, b. about 1648; m. Martha Harris. 

_„ • Names of early ancestors are dropped. See former generations. 


126. LORD JOSEPH FEILD (Edward, William, John, John, William, Thomas. 
Thomas, John. Thomas, Roger), bap. m Bradford, England, Aug. 2, 1601 ; settle- 
ment Oct. 10, 1625; m. Mary Rawson. Joseph Feild, of Shipley, eldest son and heir 
of his father, was Lord of the manor of Heaton Oct. 30, 1635, heir to his father as 
per inquisition on the latter Aug. 23, 1641, will dated Aug. 25, 1660, proved Jan. 9, 
1661. Mary, his wife, was daughter and co-heir of William Rawson, of Braken 
Bank, in the parish of Keighley, an executrix of her husband's will, and was buried 
at Bradford May 5, 1663. 

Joseph Feild, eldest son and heir of Edward, was baptized at Bradford, Aug. 
22d or 23d, 1601. He remained at Shipley, and was lord of the manor of Heaton, 
Oct. 30, 1635. His wife was Mary, daughter and co-heiress of William Rawson, ot 
Braken Bank, parish ot Keighley. Joseph Feild's will is dated Aug. 25, 1660, and was 
proved Jan. g, 1661. He names in it his wife, Mary, sons John and Jeremy, and 
daughters Mary and Anne ; the latter, wife ot William Parkinson. Also his grand- 
children, Joseph and Mary, children ot his son Jeremy. Mary, widow of Joseph 
Feild, was buried at Bradford, May 5, 1663. The following children of Joseph and 
Mary are named in the pedigree: Anne, baptized at Bradford, Jan. 18, 1626-7, 
married to William Parkinson, both living Aug. 25, 1660; John, eldest son and heir, 
baptized March 30, 1628. of Heaton. Will made about Oct. 13, 1712. Buried at 
Bradford, October i8th the same year. Administration granted at York, June 16, 
1713. Joshua baptized at Bradford March 27, 1631, buried there Nov. 14, 1632. 
Jeremiah, second son, baptized at Bradford July 27, 1634, living at Hipperholme 
from 1660 to 1672, after of Chellow in Heaton, where he died; buried May 7, 1705. 
He married at Bradford, Nov. 2, 1658, Judith, daughter of William Walker, ot 
Scoles, in the parish of Birstall. It would appear from the pedigree that John, eld- 
est son of Joseph and Mary Feild, was never married. He d. January, 1661. Res. 
Shipley, England. 

172. i. ANNE, bap. Bradford Jan. 18, 1626; m. William Parkinson, Esq., 

named in her father's will; had several children. 

173. ii. JOHN, bap. Bradford, March 25, 1628. John Feild, of Heaton, 

eldest son and heir, baptized at Bradford, March 25, 1628; will 
made 171 2; buried October iS that year s. p. Administration 
granted at York June 16, 1713 ; named in his father's will. Estate 
devolved upon his nephew. 

174. iii. JOSHUA, bap. Bradford March 26, 1631. He married in Brad- 

ford, July 10, 1662, Abigail Feild, daughter of George, of Shipley, 
and had a daughter Abigail. 

175. iv. JEREMIAH, bap. Bradford, July 27, 1634; m. Judith Walker. 

176. V. MARY, bap. March 31, 1640. Named in her father's will as executrix. 

136. WILLIAM FEILD (Edward, Edward, Christopher, John, Christopher, 

John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. about 1585; m. Elizabeth . 

"William Feild de Wakefield" is named in the rolls in 161 1, and in the same year 
"Roger Feilde de Wakefield, chapman" took ot waste in Alverthorpe. This Roger 
is more fully referred to under Alverthorpe. In 1633, and again in 1634, "William 
Feild de Wakefield" grants lands to his wife, Elizabeth, and in the latter year, under 
Wakefield, Elizabeth Field surrenders Baseynge to Thomas Bedford, and Mary, his 
wife, a daughter of William Field; remainder to Edward, son of said William, who 
was probably dead at the time. He d. prob. 1634. Res., Wakefield, England. 

177. i. MARY, b. ; m. Thomas Bedford. 

178. ii. EDWARD, b. . 

179. iii. WILLIAM, b. ; m. Sarah , 


145. ROBERT FIELD (Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, 
John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. about 1636, in Rhode Island; 

m. Susannah . He was probably the eldest son. Land was deeded to him 

by his father in 1653-54. He signed public documents in 1656 and 1657. Was 
at Newtown on or before 1670. Was named in patent for that town in 1686. 
He was constable April 30, 1685. Was a Quaker in religion. 

Mrs. Field was named in the entry of the marriage of her son, Nathaniel. 

Robert Field, junior, was probably the eldest son, as he is the first named in the 
deed of 1653-54. As already stated he removed to the adjoining town of Newtown 
in or before 1670. He appears in the records of that place as selling land there in 
1671. He was one of the two overseers ot Newtown in 1672, 1674, 1675, 1678 and 

In the valuation of estates there in 1675, Robert Field had "30 acres ot land, i 
horse, 2 oxen, 5 cows, 3 three-year-olds, 2 two-year-olds, i one year old, twenty 
sheep and 2 swine, one male person." The author inters trom the last sentence 
that all his sons were then under age. In 1683 Robert Field and Robert Field, Jr., 
were rate-payers at Newtown, and in 1685 the names of both are in a list of resi- 
dents, and probably freeholders there. On Nov. 25, 1686, Governor Dongan 
granted a new patent to the inhabitants of Newtown, confirming their rights, which 
mentions both Roberts. 

Robert Field, of Newtown, L. I., to whom his father granted lands by deed 
Feb. 12, 1653. He signed public documents in 1656 and 1657, and is named in 
patent of Flushing of 1665-6. He removed to Newtown in or before 1671, and is 
named in patent of that town of Nov. 25, 1686; died there April 13, 1701. His wife, 
Susannah, was named in the record of the marriage ot her son, Nathaniel; sur- 
vived her husband. 

A patent of confirmation for the lands in Flushing, dated Feb. 16, 1666, was 
obtained from Governor NicoUs by Robert (his father), Robert and his brother 
Benjamin. He d. April 13, 1701. Res., Newtown, L. I. 

180. i. ROBERT, b. ; m. Mrs. Phebe (Titus) Scudder. 

181. ii. NATHANIEL, b. ; m. Patience Bull. 

182. iii. ELNATHAN, b. ; m. Elizabeth . 

183. iv. BENJAMIN, b. ; m. Experience Allen. 

i83>^ v. AMBROSE, b. ; m. . 

184. vi. SUSANNAH, b. ; m. Peter Thorne. Susannah declared her 

intention of marrying with Isaac Merritt. of Burlington, N. J., in 
June, 1699. She married Peter Thorn, for he is mentioned in 
Robert Field's will. Dec. 10, 1734. 

146. ANTHONY FIELD (Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, 
John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. prob. in Rhode Island, in 1638; 
m. Susannah . 

Anthony Field, son of the emigrant, and probably the second child, remained 
at Flushing. We have seen that his father deeded a house lot to him in 1653-54, 
and that he signed public documents of some importance in 1656-57. He is named 
in the patent of confirmation of Flushing, in 1666, and also among those who took 
the oath of allegiance in 1673. 

A valuation of estates at Flushing was made in 1675, which has the following 
entry: "Anthony Feild, 27 acres, 2 horses, 2 oxen, and 5 cows." His name 
occurs in a similar document in 1683, a^s follows: "Anthony Feild, 50 acres, 2 
oxen, 4 cows, 4 swine, 10 sheep." From 1675 to 1683 he was among the ratepayers 
ot Flushing, and he is one of those to whom a patent of confirmation of that town 


was granted March 23, 1685. This is the last occasion on which the author finds 
him mentioned, and he died before his son Benjamin married in 1691, as he is 
spoken of in the entry of it as ' 'deceased. ' ' We know from this record that his wife, 
who survived him, was named Susannah, but that of her family has not come down 
to us. We also learn from it that Benjamin was not his only son. His wife, 
Susannah, was named in a letter to her daughter-in-law, Hannah Bowne, living 
Nov. 30, 1 69 1. Res. Flushing, L. L 

185. 1. BENJAMIN, b. 1663; m. Hannah Bowne and Elizabeth Peaks. 

186. ii. JOHN, b. 1659. He was ot Flushing, where his estate was valued 

in 1683, named in patent of Flushing, March 23, 1685 (?), made 
oath of allegiance in 1673 or 1674. (Received from Governor 
Andros, between 1674 and 1681, a patent for land on Delaware 
Bay, New Jersey, to which state he probably removed.) He m. 
Margaret . 



[By Rev. Henry Martyn Field.] 

Of those who have made researches into the genealogy of the Fields in this 
country, few have been able to carry back the line beyond the first ot the name who 
came to America. Even Mr. Osgood Field, who has spent a greater part of his life 
in England, and been ardent in the search, is not able to trace his immediate 
ancestors further than to Great Horton, in Yorkshire. This is about seven miles 
from Ardsley, where lived John Field, the astronomer, of whom he says: "We are 
related to, but not descended from, that distinguished man. and entitled to the 
arms confirmed to him, but strictly speaking, not to the crest." He seems to be 
lost in attempting to trace the family of John Field, and in a brief account which he 
furnished to the "Gentleman's Magazine," supplementary to an article published 
in 1834, he says, "I am unable to say if any of his descendants, in the male line, 
are now living." We regret to differ from so high an authority, but in our judg- 
ment, the proofs which follow, are decisive that there are male descendants now 
living, and that he himself is one of them, and further, that this same eminent man 
is the ancestor of the principal families of Fields in America. 

Twenty years ago 1 prepared a little memorial of my father's family (that ot 
the late Rev. David D. Field, D.D., of Stockbridge, Mass.), which had the good for- 
tune to bring me into acquaintance with others of the name, and thus teach me 
much more about my own family than 1 knew before. Among others, it fell under 
the notice of Mr. Richard Field, a venerable Quaker of Brooklyn, who had long taken 
great interest in genealogical researches. He "was highly gratified in its perusal," 
but regretted to find that I had not been able to procure the necessary data to trace 
my ancestors at least two generations beyond Zachariah Field, as he "had for a 
long time been in possession of information which perfectly satisfied him that 
Zachariah was beyond question the grandson of John Field, the astronomer." 
Fully assured that he had in his hands the missing link in our ancestral line, he 
called on Mr. Cyrus W. Field, and laid before him the facts in his possession, and 
at his suggestion wrote as follows to his father, the Rev. Dr. Field : 

"Brooklyn, Jan. 20, 1862. 
"My much respected, though unknown friend: 

"I was recently called on by a gentleman, who introduced himself by informing 
me that he was a member^of the Field family, from the state of New Jersey, whose 
ancestors he had been endeavoring to trace to as early a period as he could ; and 


that he had succeeded no farther than to a John Field, who came to New Jersey 
from Flushinjj, L. I., more than 150 years ago; that for the purpose of prosecuting 
his researches, he had recently visited Flushing, but could obtain no satisfactory 
information in relation to the object of his inquiry. He learned that the old records 
of the town, in which he hoped to find accounts of the early settlement of that place, 
had been destroyed by fire many years since. He finally met with some one who 
advised him to call on me, as I could probably furnish him with the desired infor- 
mation. He accordingly did call, and I had the satisfaction to furnish him with the 
information, that the John Field, who removed from Flushing, was the son of 
Anthony Field, of Flushing ; that Anthony Field, his brother Benjamin, and father 
Robert, with a number of others, were named in a patent of confirmation obtained 
from Governor Nicoll, for the town of Flushing, dated Feb. 16, 1666; that Robert 
Field only was named in the original patent obtained from Governor Kieft (that is, 
Robert only of the Fields). He, with a number of others, obtained the original 
patents from the Governor, or rather Director-General, of New Netherlands, as New 
York was then called. Robert Field's sons, Anthony and Benjamin, were then chil- 
dren at that date (Oct, 19, 1645). He was further informed, that Robert Field, 
father of Anthony, was the son of James Field, the grandson ot Matthew Field, of 
Ardsley, York county, England, and that Matthew Field was the son of John Field, 
of Ardsley, formerly of London, the celebrated astronomer." 

[The letter then details a plan of a genealogical Family Tree, of which John 
Field, the astronomer, should form the trunk, and his descendants the branches, to 
render which complete it was desirable to obtain information in regard to "the 
names of those who can trace their ancestors back to either Zechariah Field, who 
came out to Boston about the year 1632 — to William or John Field, who came to 
Rhode Island shortly afterwards — or to Robert Field, who arrived in Boston in 
1644, and settled in Flushing in 1645."] 

The writer of this letter afterwards did me the kindness to call upon me, and 
to show me the proofs which made the ancestry of the Fields of this country so 
clear and plain to him. Within the two years following I saw him many times, and 
was equally surprised and gratified by the extent ot his information. As I am 
chiefly indebted to him for the facts which follow, it is right to let the reader know 
the character and standing of my informant. Mr. Richard Field was an old mer- 
chant of New York, to which he came more than half a century before I knew him. 
He was for twenty-two years — from 1823 to 1845 — in partnership with Charles C. 
Thompson. The firm was Field, Thompson & Co. He was in business in Pearl 
street, where Piatt street is now cut through. From 1829 to 1843 he was in Cedar 
street. He was then retired from business, being nearly seventy-two years old, 
though the house was continued in the firm of Field, Morris & Co., his two sons 
being partners. For twenty-five years he had lived in Brooklyn, where he still 
resided, at No. 109 Willow street. He was connected with many of the public 
institutions of that city, and for some years discharged the responsible duties of 
president of the Brooklyn City Hospital. 

At these interviews Mr. Field showed me many ancient and curious documents 
containing autograph signatures of his ancestors — one of them, with the date of 
1692, bore the signatures of his grandfather's great-grandfather, and of his grand- 
mother's great-grandfather, Benjamin Field, and of several of his lineal descend- 
ants, as well as collateral branches of the family. Among these was one [copied on 
another page] which came from his grandmother, giving the date of the birth of 
Benjamin Field, in 1663, and extending back in a direct line to his ancestors — 
Anthony, Robert, James, and Matthew — to John Field, the astronomer, giving the 
date of the birth of each. There was also a document executed by his great-grand- 


father, Robert Field, son of Benjamin, born in 1707, being the manumission of a 
slave, in which he says, "Upon considering the case of negroes now in slavery, 
believing they should be free, I do hereby declare," etc., discharging his slave 
from all claims of himself or his heirs. 

These old papers were kept by Mr. Field with religious care, as they enabled 
him to trace back his ancestors, in an unbroken line, for more than three hundred 
years, and to find a great and honored name as that of the founder of the family. 

The following are the testimonies referred to in the letter of Mr. Field, which, 
in his view, established the fact that the Fields in this country— at least those des- 
cended from Zechariah, William, John, or Robert Field— were all descended from 
John Field, the astronomer: 

Copy of an old Record belonging to Mr. Richard Field, which came from his 
grandmother, and which had probably been in the family more than 100 
years. The water mark, G. R., with the crown, showed that the paper was 
made when the United States were Colonies of Great Britain. 
Benjamin Field was born in Flushing, in the year 1663, was the son of An- 
thony and Susanna Field. He had a brother John, a few years older than himself, 
who removed to the Jerseys and settled there. His father, Anthony Field, was 
born in England, in 1638, and came out with his father, Robert Field, to Boston, in 
1644, and came to Flushing in 1645, together with his brother, Robert, who was 
born in 1636, and Benjamin, born in 1640. 

Robert, father of Anthony, was born at Ardsley, in England, in 1610. He had 
a brother James, and two sisters, Anne and Judith. James Field, father of Robert, 
was born at Ardsley, m 1587. He was the son of Matthew Field, and had a brother 
Robert, younger than himself. Matthew Field father of James, was born at Ards- 
ley, in 1563. He had seven brothers, whose names were — Richard, older than 
himself, and Christopher, John, William, Thomas, James and Martin, and a sister 
Anne, who were younger. John Field, father of Matthew, was born about 1525. 
He lived in London, where it is believed he was born, until about 1560, when he 
married Jane Amyas, daughter of John Amyas, and removed to Ardsley, where 
he resided till his death, in 1587. While he resided in London, he was engaged 
in publibhing astronomical tables, by which he gained a very high reputation as 
an astronomer. 


Josiah Field was an uncle of Richard Field, and ot course, like him, was a 
descendant of the Flushing Fields. He was born in 1774, in the town ot Green- 
wich, Conn., just over the line of the State of New York, and was the son of Uriah 
Field. He came to New York City about the year 1815. and here continued to 
reside until his death, in 1858 or 1859. He was a dealer in hides, and was well 
known to the leather merchants in the "Swamp," as Ferry street, with its vicinity, 
was then called. His place of business was in Elizabeth street. 

Josiah Field's statement of a conversation with an old gentleman of the Massa- 
chusetts branch of the Field family, about the year 1830. 

Josiah Field stated that he was one day standing at the door of his place of 
business when he was accosted by an old gentleman who was passing, with the 
inquiry whether his name was Field, and who, on receiving an affirmative reply, 
remarked that he supposed so from seeing the name on the sign-board. He said 
his object in making the inquiry was to learn whether he was a descendant ot the 
Flushing branch of the Field family, and whether he could trace them back beyond 
Robert Field, one of the first proprietors of the town ot Flushing? 


Josiah Field replied he was from the Flushing branch of the family, and that 
he could trace them back three generations beyond Robert Field with entire cer- 
tainty; that Robert Field, of Flushing was the son of James Field; that James 
Field was the son of Matthew Field, of Ardsley ; and that Matthew Field was the 
son of John Field, the astronomer. 

The old gentleman then inquired whether he could inform him whether James 
Field, son of Matthew, had any brothers? Josiah Field mformed him that James 
had but one brother, whose name was Robert. 

Inquiry was then made as to the brothers of Matthew Field. In reply it was 
stated that Matthew had a large number of brothers, some six or seven, a list of 
whose names could be obtained from a relative of his. Josiah Field stated that he 
could recollect the names of several. There was one named Richard, one John, 
another William, and another Martin. 

The old gentleman then inquired whether Josiah Field had any certain in- 
formation as to the family relationship between Robert Field, of Flushing, and 
Zechariah Field who emigrated to Boston some years earlier than Robert Field's 
settlement at Flushing? Josiah Field replied that he had not, but that there was a 
tradition that had come down through the families of the Flushing Fields, that 
Zechariah Field was related to Robert, but not so near as first cousin; that they 
were descendants from the same stock within a few generations, he had no doubt. 

The old gentleman then informed Josiah Field that he was of the Massachusetts 
branch of the Field family, and that the information now obtained (if reliable) 
settled a very important question, which had rested in his mind for a great length 
of time — that is, whether Zechariah Field was a descendant of John Field, the 
astronomer ; that if it were fully established that Robert Field was the grandson of 
Matthew, and that Matthew had a brother John, he was perfectly satisfied that both 
Zechariah and Robert were the descendants of John Field, the astronomer, the 
former his grandson, the latter his great-grandson: for he well remembered, when 
he was a boy, hearing a conversation between his grandfather and two still older 
members of the Field family, in which they all agreed as a settled matter of fact, 
that the father of Zechariah Field and the grandfather of Robert Field, of Flush- 
ing, were brothers, and that the name of the father of Zachariah was John. 

Josiah Field remaked that the information respecting the ancestors of Robert 
Field, of Flushing, might be relied on as beyond question; that an original account 
of the transactions of Robert Field in the settlement of Flushing, including a notice 
of his ancestors, was deposited with the records of the town of Flushing, where 
they remained more than a hundred years, when unfortunately, in the year 1780, 
the building in which they were deposited, with all its contents, was destroyed by 
fire. Much valuable information was thus irretrievably lost. But the descendants of 
Robert Field, or at least some of them, had, for their own satisfaction, obtained from 
these records a list of their ancestors, back to John Field, the astronomer. These 
lists were very defective on some accounts, containing little more than the names of 
the parties, with the years of their birth, not furnishing any account of their occu- 
pations, and in many instances no date as to the time of their death. These omis- 
sions continued to about the year 1700. 

The old gentleman, on leaving, said he would call again in a few days, when he 
would like to obtain a memorandum of the ancestors of Robert Field, and that, in 
return, he could furnish some interesting accounts of the Massachusetts branch of 
the Field family. He left his card, and stated that he was residing temporarily 
with a friend of his in Harlem, whose place he described with an intimation that he 
would be gratified with a call from Josiah Field, if he should at any time be in that 


Josiah Field was anticipating a call trom his old friend but new acquaintance 
for some weeks, but he did not make his appearance. Josiah Field finally called 
on a relative of his, to go with him to Harlem, and look after him. On reaching 
the place, they learned that the old gentleman had a day or two previously gone to 
Troy, to spend a few days, with the intention of returning very soon. He, however, 
never did return. He died suddenly either at Troy or on his way back. 

Josiah Field mislaid his card, but was pretty certain the old gentleman's name 
was Henry Field. 

Josiah Field died some years since at about the age of eighty-four years. 


George Corlies was born in 1754. A large part of his life he spent in New York. 
Mr. Richard Field says that he came to New York in 1811, and knew Corlies almost 
from that time. Thirty-five years ago he was still living, and was well known. He 
was a mason, but a man of more than ordinary intelligence, and ot most respectable 

Statement of George Corlies, in relation to information obtained from an old lady 
of the Field family, a resident of Newtown, L. I., in the year 1842, at which 
time she was over ninety years old. Her name was Margaret Smith, formerly 
Field. She was the widow of Isaac Smith, and grand-daughter of EInathan 
Field, who was son of Robert Field, Jr., of Newtown, L. 1., and grandson of 
Robert Field, of Flushing. The information obtained was from her replies to 
certain written queries furnished Mr. Corlies by Richard Field, principally in 
relation to his lineal ancestors, with but little regard to their collateral branches. 
The information elicited was taken down at the time by Mr. Corlies, in writing. 
She said she was born in Flushing, and that her grandfather was a grandson of 
Robert Field, one of the first proprietors of that town. That in early life she spent 
much ot her time at her grandfather's, who was excessively fond of talking about 
his ancestors ; and she heard him so frequently repeat accounts of their early his- 
tory, that she could remember, with great distinctness, many Items of information 
which, he said, he obtained directly from his grandfather, Robert Field. Among 
these were the following: That his (R. F.'s) father's name was James Field, and 
that his grandfather's name was Matthew Field, and thatMatthew had no less than 
seven brothers ; that these brothers and their children had become widely scattered, 
many of them having left Ardsley previously to Robert Field's coming to America; 
that Matthew and all his brothers were born in Ardsley, to which place their father, 
John Field, had removed about the times of his marriage, having previously been a 
resident of London, where he was born about the year 1525, and where he resided 
between thirty and forty years ; and it is was there that he published his astrono- 
mical works. She further said that she remembered distinctly that Matthew Field 
had a brother John, whose son, Zaccheus,* emigrated to this country, according to 
the statement of Robert Field, about a dozen years before he did, and that he came 
out to the Bay State, where he remained but a short time. At the time of the 
arrival of Robert Field he was residing somewhere in the colony of Connecticut. 
6he also stated that Matthew's brother William had two sons, who came to this 

* Zacchens— doubtless Zachariah. On this Mr. Richard Field observes: "There can be no 
reasonable doubt that Corlies misunderstood the name given by the old lady, or that she inad- 
vertently miscalled it, as she fixes the time and place of emigration precisely corresponding with 
that of Zachariah; and it would be a perfect absurdity to suppose that there could have been 
two persons of so nearly the same name, arriving in Boston about the same time, and that nobody 
to this day should ever have heard of it. The account of the emigration of the two sons of Mat- 
thew Field's brother William I also consider perfectly reliable, confirmed, as it is, by the fact 
that two brothers of corresponding names are known to have arrived in Rhode Island just 
about the time designated in this account." 


country very soon after their cousin Zaccheus ; that they came to Rhode Island and 
Providence Plantations; that one of these sons was named after his father, and the 
other after his grandfather. She related many anecdotes in jelation to family mat- 
ters, which are of little interest at this time. 

George Corlies died about the year 1847, at about the age of ninety-three years. 

These testimonies create a probability, amounting['.to moral certainty. In 
establishing the fact of one's ancestry, we can have^but two sources of knowledge 
— record and tradition — the possession of authentic documents, Muly recorded at the 
time, and preserved from generation to generation, [and a'continuous family tradi- 
tion, unbroken by any missing links, and uncontradicted by^evidence of an opposite 
character. Here we have both. So far as tradition is concerned, the evidence 
seems to be complete, and it is confirmed by family records, which, if not as formid- 
able as title-deeds in an office of registry, are yet most valuable sources of informa- 
tion. These combined proofs can hardly leave a doubt in the minds of the several 
branches of the Field Family in America, that they are descended from John Field, 
the astronomer.* 

147. ENSIGN BENJAMIN FIELD, (Robert, William, Christopher, John, 
Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. about 1640, 

Flushing, L. L ; m. ; m. 2d. Sarah ; d. in 1734 in Flushing. Benjamin 

Field, presumably the third son ot the emigrant, *was appointed ensign for Flush- 
ing by Nicoll, the Governor of New York, on April 22, 1665. He is named in the 
Flushing patents of Feb. 16, 1666, and of 1685, and was a juror at the Court of 
Assizes in 1669. On March 22, 1671, he conveyed by deed to John Bowne his "two 
shares ot fresh meadows, being Nos. 34 and 42." His death is recorded as follows 
in the register of the Society of Friends ot Flushing: "Benjamin Field ot Flush- 
ing, and ancient friend, dyed the ist ot the loth mo. 1732." His age must have 
been at least between 87 and 90. He lett a widow, Sarah, whose will was dated 
the 26th ot ninth month, 1732, only a few days before her husband died, but it ap- 
pears from the register referred to that she survived him. The entry of her death 
is as tollows: "Sarah Field, widow of Benjamin Field of Flushing, dyed I734-" 
The day and month are not given; but it must have been early in 1734, as her will 
was proved March 20th of that year. She styles herself in it, ' 'wife of Benjamin 
Field of Flushing," and appoints him one of her executors, another being her 
grandson William Doughty. Two other grandsons are mentioned — William March 
and Henry March. Apparently Benjamin and Sarah Field left no male descend- 
ants. It was probably after the death of the emigrant, and during the lifetime of 
his sons, that the family became members of the Society of Friends. It is pretty 
evident that they had not joined it when Benjamin was appointed ensign in 1665, 
considering that the society does not allow its members to undertake military 
duties. George Fox, who is looked upon by many as the real founder of this sect, 
visited Flushing in 1672, and, while there, was the guest of John Bowne at the old 
mansion already referred to. Meetings of the members were held — first at this 

* Slight facts sometimes lend strong confirmation to what has been established by presump- 
tive evidence. Such is the following: — Conversing some years since with the late Hon. Richard 
Field, of Princeton, N. J., at one time United States Senator from that State, and afterwards 
Judge of the United States District Court, on being shown the arms printed elsewhere 
he was at once struck with the resemblance to a seal which had been in his family for genera- 
tions. Both the arms and the crest were exactly the same in every particular. On one side of 
the seal were the initials R. F., which were undoubtedly those of Robert Field, of Flushing, 
from whom the New Jersey Fields are descended. How came Robert Field in possession of this 
very peculiar crest, which had been given to but one man in England? Plainly, because he was 
a direct descendant. This strongly confirms the fact, which we believe to be :ully proved from 
other sources, that the Flushing and New Jersey Fields— and hence, according to the testimon- 
ies here given, the other families in this country also — are descended from the same ancestor, 
and can claim kindred by right of inheritance of the same illustrious name. 



house, and afterwards in the open air, sometimes in the woods, and secretly, on 
account of the persecutions to which they were exposed. Fox is represented to 
have been a man possessing great natural eloquence, and under his preaching the 
leading inhabitants of Flushing and neighborhood became Friends, and among 
these, probably, the Fields, most of whom continued to be members of the Society 
for nearly a century and a half, while some are at the present day. He d. Oct, i, 
1732; res.. Flushing, N. Y. 

187. i. THOMAS, b. about 1674: m. Hannah . 

188. ii. DAUGHTER, m. Doughty; children, William. 

189. iii. DAUGHTER, m. March; children, William and Henry. 

150. ROBERT FIELD (Christopher, William, Robert, John, Christopher, 

John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard. Roger), b. ; m. Rosamond . 

Robert Field of Wakefield made his will Aug. 29, 1599, and mentions in it his wife 
Rosamond and daughters Elizabeth, Alice and Margaret. It will be noticed that 
two of the grandchildren ot Christopher Field, whose will was made in 1570, were 
named Elizabeth and Alice, which leads the author to suppose that their father 
Robert — also mentioned in that will — was the same individual as the one who made 
his in 1599. He d. about 1599; res., Sandal, England. 

190. i. ELIZABETH, b. . 

191. ii. ALICE, b. . 

192. iii. MARGARET, b. . 

151. JOHN FIELD (Christopher, William, Robert, John, Christopher, John, 

Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. ; m. . Res., Sandal, 


193. i. ISABEL, b. . 

194. ii. FRANCES, b. . 

154. HENRY FIELD (John, John, John, Richard, William, William, Thomas, 
Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. Cockernhoe, Hertfordshire, England, about 
1620; m. there Elizabeth Rudd. Res., Cockernhoe, England. 

195. i. THOMAS, b. about 1650; m. Sibella Hobbs. 

196. ii. PROBABLY other children. 

156. ZECHARIAH FIELD (Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, 
William, Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. prob. Hartford, 
Conn., about 1645; m. Dec. 17, 1668, Sarah Webb. She m. 2d, 1677, 
Robert Price, and both were killed by the Indians at Deerfield July 29, 
1704. Zechariah Field, son of Zechariah and Mary, b. in Hartford, Conn., about 1645. 
He came with his father in 1659 to Northampton. In 1672 he removed to Deer- 
field, where he died in 1674. His widow presented an inventory of his estate, Sept. 
29, 1674 of ;Ci85 17s. 6d. After the massacre of Capt. Lothrop and his men at 
Bloody Brook, the family returned to Northampton for safety from Indian depre- 
dations. He m. Sarah, daughter of John Webb of Northampton. She m., 2d, 
about 1677, Robert Price of Northampton, and about 1690 returned to Deerfield, 
where she and her children were slain by the French and Indians under Hertel de 
Rouville at the destruction ot Deerfield, Feb. 29, 1704. Robert Price was a soldier 
under Capt. Turner at the Falls fight, and his son Samuel drew his share in the 
Falls fight township in 1737. He had five children by Mrs. Field, viz., i. Sarah, b. 
Sept. 12, 1678. 2. Mary, b. March 21, 1681; m. March 17, 1699, Samuel Smead, 
killed 1704, 3. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 12, 1683; m. Dec. 6, 1703, Andrew Stephens, an 
Indian — the only case I have seen in Massachusetts of the intermarriage between 
the two races, at least at as early a day — Sheldon. He was killed, and she cap- 


tured in 1704, and she m. in Canada, Feb. 3, 1706, Jean Fourneau. 4. Samuel, b. 
1685, captured 1704, returned and m. April 7, 1714, Dorothy Fox ot Glastonbury, 
Conn., and resided there. 5. John, b. May 14, 1689. 

The history of Deerfield extends back to 1663. when Eliot, the apostle to the 
Indians, obtained a grant from the General Court ot 2,000 acres of land, now within 
the bounds of Natick, as a permanent settlement tor his Indian converts. This 
tract was then within the boundaries of Dedham, and, as a compensation to the 
proprietors of that town, the General Court ga\'e them 8,000 acres of unlocated 
land, anywhere they might choose, within the colony. The Dedham proprietors 
having entered into this agreement, sent out a committee to explore the country, 
and make a selection for the location of the grant. Their exploration extended 
over the western part of the county of Middlesex, and the eastern part of the county 
of Worcester, but they were not satisfied with the land they found, and thus re- 
ported. Soon after this the selectmen of Dedham were informed that there was 
some very good land, about 12 miles north of Hadley, where the 8,000 acres might 
be located ; whereupon they dispatched John Fairbanks and Lieut. Daniel Fisher, 
"to discover the land, and examine it." They reported favorably, and urged that 
it should be taken possession of under the grant, as early as possible. The town 
then chose a committee to repair to Pocomtuck, the Indian name of the locality, 
and to cause the 8,000 acres to be located there. In 1665, this committee employed 
Major Pynchon of Springfield to draw the boundary line of the tract, which he 
did, as follows: Commencing near Deerfield river, a little west of the present Cheap- 
side bridge, he continued southerly nearly on a line now defined by the Connecticut 
River Railroad to the Hatfield line, thence westerly on the Hatfield line, which was 
about a mile and three-quarters south of the present south line of Deerfield, to the 
toot of the western hills; thence, northerly, in a course parallel to those hills to 
Deerfield river, near "Old Fort"; thence on the river, to the point of departure. 
The tract was purchased of the Indians by Major Pynchon, and conveyed in four 
deeds, the consideration for the sale being ^94 i8s., paid by the people of 

Zechariah d. in 1674; res., Northampton and Deerfield, Mass. 

197. i. ZECHARIAH, b. Sept. 12, 1669; d. young. 

198. ii. EBENEZER, b. Oct. 31, 1671; m. Mary Dudley. 
- — 199. iii. JOHN, b. Dec. 8, 1673; m. Mary Bennett. 

157. JOHN FIELD (Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, William), b. 
about 1648; m. Dec. 17, 1670, Mary Edwards, b. Jan. 20, 1650, daughter of Alexan- 
der and Sarah (Searl) of Northampton. John Field, son of Zechariah and Mary 

b. in Hartford, Conn., about 1645. He came with his father in 1659 to 

Northampton. In 1663 removed to Hatfield, where he d. June 26, 1717. He was a 
soldier with Capt. Turner in the Turner's Falls fight with Indians, May 19, 1676. 

Alexander Edwards came from Wales, Great Britain, in 1640; settled in Spring- 
field, Mass., and removed to Northampton in 1655, and d. Sept. 4, 1690. He m. 
April 28, 1642, Mrs. Sarah, widow of John Searle, trom England to Springfield, 
whose wife was Sarah Baldwin, daughter of Sylvester Baldwin, who came from 
England in the ship "Martin" in 1636 and d. on the passage. The widow Sarah m. 
in 1640, Capt. John Atwood, in Milford, Conn., and d. in Nov., 1669. 

He d. June 26, 1717; res., Hatfield, Mass. 

200. i. JOHN, b. May 11, 1672; m. Sarah Coleman. 

201. ii. MARY, b. Feb. 2, 1674; d. young. 

202. iii. ZECHARIAH, b. Aug., 1676; m. Sarah Clark. 


203. iv. BENJAMIN, b. Feb. 14, 1679; was in the "Meadow fight" in 

1704 (res., Deerfield, ? ); n. f. k. 

204. V. MARY, b. Feb. 20, 1681; m. March 6, 1701, Dr. Thomas Hastings 

of Hatfield. He was son of Dr. Thomas, Jr., b. Sept. 24, 1679. 
He d. April 14, 1728. A very quaint, unpoetical, but flattering 
elegy of no lines, and an acrostic, to his memory, were written at 
the time by "Josephus Nash." Was a practicing physician in 
Hatfield. For a very interesting surgical case, treated by Dr. 
Hastings, see App. 3 of Rev. John Williams' History of his Cap- 
tivity and Deliverance. Children: i. Mary, b. Dec. 24, 1701; d. 
Jan. 10, 1702. 2. Thomas, b. Nov. 6, 1702; d. Nov. 4, 1703. 3. 
~"^ Mary, b. 1704; m. Benjamin Billings. 4. Hannah, b. Oct. 13, 

1706; m. White. 5. Dorothy, b. July 27, 1709; d. July 29, 

1711. 6. Thomas, b. 1713; d. same year. 7. Waitstill. b. Jan. 3, 
1714; physician, m. Abigail Marsh. 8. Tabitha, b. Oct. 6, 1715; m. 
Jan, 4, 1738, John Strickland. 9. Hopestill, b. April 13, 1718; m. 
Lydia Frary; res., Hatfield. 10. Dorothy, b. March 20, 1720; d. 
April 6, 1720. II. Thomas, b. Jan. 28, 1721 (lieut.); m. Mary 
Bilder; res., Hatfield and Amherst. 12. Lucy, b. Feb. i, 1722; 
m. Jonathan Taylor. Thomas Taylor m. Cynthia Corse; their 
daughter Lucy Taylor m. Anson Higby; their daughter Sarah A. 
Higby m. William T. Wheeler; their son Charles Volney Wheel- 
er m. Helen E. Nellis. Res., Little Falls, N. Y. Children: 
Sarah E. Wheeler, b. May 10, 1878; William Hardin Wheeler, b. 
Sept. 29, 1879; Helen W. Wheeler, b. Dec. 27, 1887. 

205. vi. BETHIAH, b. 1684; m. in 1707, John AUis, Jr., son of John, b. 

May 10, 1682; his first wife was Mary Laurence; he d. Jan., 1691. 

206. vii. SARAH, b. Feb. 2, 1687; m. Oct. 25, 1709, Nathaniel Pack ot 


207. viii. ABILENE, b. , 1689; d. May 6, 1689. 

208. ix. EBENEZER, b. July 2, 1690; was killed near Bloody Brook by 

Indians on a scout in Deerfield, Oct. 26, 1708. 

209. X. ABILENE, b. July 2, 1690; m. Dec. 29, 1715, John Nash, b. Oct. 28, 

1686. Res., Hatfield. He d. April 7, 1764; she d. July, 1764. 
Children i. Hannah, b. Sept. 16, 1716; m. Sept. 30, 1736, Ebene- 
zer Belding of Ashfield. 2. Noah, b. March 26, 1719; m. Hepzibah 
Bodman and Abigail Belding. 3. Mary, b. about 1721 ; d. Nov. 11, 

1725. 4. Martha, b. ; m. Feb. 11, 1752, Phinhas Warner of 

New Braintree. 5. Abigail, b. ; m. Dea. Hezekiah Belding 

of Amherst. 6. Daughter, b. ; m. Carpenter. 

158. SERGEANT SAMUEL FIELD (Zechariah, John. John, Richard, Wil- 
liam, William), b. about 1651, Hartford, Conn. ;m., Aug. 9, 1676, Sarah Gilbert 
daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Chapin), of Springfield. She m., 2d, Oct. 17, 
1702, Ebenezer Chapin, of Springfield. Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Catharine 
(Bliss) Gilbert, of Springfield, b. Dec. 19, 1655; d. Feb. 4, 1712. Samuel Field, son ot 
Zechariah and Mary, b. in Hartford, Conn., about 1651. He came with his father 
to Northampton in 1663. He removed to Hatfield where he was slain by Indians 
in ambush while hoeing corn in Hatfield meadows, June 24, 1697. He was a serg- 
eant in the Turners Falls fight. May 19, 1676. He was a prominent and influential 
man in Hatfield, holding many town oflBces. The following settlement of his 
estate was copied from the original probate records of Hampshire county by Hon. 


George Sheldon, of Deerfield. "We whose names are underwritten appointed to 
distribute the estate of Sergt. Samuel Field to ye widow and children according to 
settlemen w'ch as foUoweth July 24 1701. To ye widow out of the movables at £^ 
— To Sarah, her portion out of the movables £\7, los. To Mary Field of movables, 
;^5 13s. To be paid out of the lands in good pay or money £t> 17s, £\2 los. which 
Saml Field is to pay. To Samuel Field the eldest son and heir, ye whole of the 
house lot and Lands at ye farm or elsewhere at he agreeing with his mother for 
her 3rd for her life yrly at such rent as they can agree, as also for all the Lands in 
her disposal till ye young children come to be of age he paying in money or setting 
out part ot the land to his brothers according to its appraisal in the inventory at ^^97 
(viz.) to Thomas Field at present ;^8 6s. 8d. and after his mothers death £0, 3s. 4d. — 
£\2 los. To Zechr Field at present or wh of age ;^8 6s. Sd.and after his mothers death 
^4 3s. 4d. — £\'2. los. To Ebenszer Field at present or wh of age £?> 6s. 8d., and after 
his mothers death £0, 3s. 4d. — £12 los. To Josias Field at present or wh of age £'i> 6s. 
8d. and after his mothers death £i, 3s. 4d. — £\i los. To Joshua Field at present or 
wh of age ^^8 6s. 8d. and after his mothers death £a, 3s. 4d. — £\2 los. The allowed 
distribution is something varying from the settlent yet ye land lying in several par- 
cells any other division there being 5 sons will wholle incapacitate ye improvement 
of it to any advantage and therefore that this division may be accepted by the Judge 
of Probate and confirmed to wch we subscribe this 24 July 1 701. John Coleman 
Samuel Belding John White Joseph Field Samuel Gunn." "Sept ye 2, 1701 the above 
distribution being presented before me John Pynchon esq. Judge of Probate of 
Wills in Hampshire to be a more full settlemt of ye estate of Sergt. Samuel Field 
deceased, to his widow and children which is appraised and allowed by me John 
Pynchon. End. settlemt of Sergt. Samuel Fields estate S'ept. 20 1701. Book a, p. 
80." He was killed by Indians, June 24, 1697. Res. Hatfield, Mass. 

210. i. SAMUEL, b. Sept 27, 1678; m. Mrs. Hannah E. Hoyt. 

211. ii. THOMAS, b. June 30, 1680 m. Abigail Dickinson. 

212. iii. SARAH, b. June 30, 1683; m., Nov. 18, 1702, Samuel Warner, of 

Springfield, b. March 14, 168 1, and moved to Stafford, Conn. 

213. iv. ZECHARIAH, b. Aug. 29, 1685 ; m. Sarah Mattoon. 

214. v, EBENEZER, b. March 17, 1688; m. Elizabeth Arms. 

215. vi. MARY, b. July 23, 1690; m., June 26, 1712, Jonathan Hoyt, son of 

David. Res. Deerfield, Mass., b. April 6, 1688. With his father, 
David, mother, brother Ebenezer and two sisters, Abigail and 
Sarah, he was taken captive by the Indians in the battle of Deer- 
field, Feb. 29, 1704, taken to Canada, and returned later. The 
father died of hunger near the lower Cohoes ; Abigail was killed 
on the way to Canada; Ebenezer remained among the Indians. 
Mary d. June 26, 1780; he d. May 23, 1779. Ch. : i. Mary, b. 
Oct. 5, 1714; m. Oct. 24, 1740, Ebenezer Sheldon. 2. Abigail, b. 
Sept 10, 1716; m. Matthew Clesson and John Nims. 3. Sarah, b. 
July 9, 1719; rn. John Burke. 4. David, b. Oct. 26, 1722; m. 
Mercy Sheldon and Silence King. 5. Hannah, b. April 8, 1726; 
d. Dec. 22, 1728. 6. Jonathan, b. Feb. 20, 1728; m. Experience 

216. vii. JOSIAH, b. Nov. 5, 1692; m. Elizabeth . 

217. viii. JOSHUA, b. April 9, 1695; m. Elizabeth Cooley. 

159. CAPTAIN JOSEPH FIELD (Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, 
William), b. Hartford, Conn., about 1658; m., June 28, 1683, Joanna Wyatt, b. 1663, 
daughter of John and Mary (Bronson), of Sunderland, Mass.; d. March 23, 1722; 


m., 2d, Jan. 2, 1723, Mary (Wells) Belding, dau. of Daniel and Elizabeth (Foote). 
She d. March 15, 1751. 

Joseph Field, son of Zechariah and Mary, b. in Hartford, Conn., in 1658; came 
with his father in 1663 to Hatfield. He was one of the forty engagers who signed 
the agreement, April 13, 1714, to settle the town of Swampfiekl (now Sunderland), 
and in the division ot lots he had No. 12, on the east side ot the street. In 1720 he 
removed to Northfield, and in the spring ot 1726 he sold and removed to Northamp- 
ton, but returned the same year to Sunderland, where he died Feb. 15, 1736. He is 
mentioned in the town records as Sargeant Joseph Field. He married, ist, June 
28, 1683, Joanna, daughter ot John Wyatt. of Harlford, Conn., b. 1663; d. March 
25, 1722; 2d, Jan. 2, 1723, Mary, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Beardsley) 
Wells, and widow of Stephen Belding, of Hatfield, b. Sept. 8, 1664, and died in 
Northfield March 15, i7=;i, aged eighty-seven. 

Sunderland was originally a plantation bearing the name of Swampfield. It 
was granted to inhabitants of Hadley, in May, 1673, and included within its limits 
the town ot Leverett, the principal part of Montague, and a part of Wendell — set oflF 
from Montague after its incorporation. The original limits extended north from 
the mouth of Mohawk Brook, being the northwest corner of Hadley. to the mouth 
of Little Brook, opposite the mouth of Deerfield river, and easterly "out into the 
woods six miles from the Great river." Subsequently a grant, two miles in width, 
was added at the east, called "the two-mile addition." A settlement was made 
upon the territory soon after the grant, but King Philip's war broke it up, the 
Indians burnt their buildings, and the clearings g^ew up with brush. It is said 
that when the second settlement was made, a bass-wood tree, about one foot in 
diameter, had g^own in the fire-place of one of the houses, that an appletree, set 
out by the first settler, on the present home lot of Rufus Russell, was found large 
and thrifty, and that the same tree has lived until within a few )-ears. Very little 
information can be obtained in regard to this settlement of 1674. When the settlers 
of just forty years afterward (1714) took possession, they found buildings in ruins, 
and trees growing amongst them. There was originally a continuous settlement of 
"weekwams" on what is called "the island," running north and south, and crossing 
the east home lots, about halt the distance from the present street to the hill at 
the east end ot those lots. He d. Feb. 15, 1736. Res. Sunderland, Mass. 

218. i. MARY, b. July 18, 1684; m., April 25, 1706, Ebenezer Bardwell, 
son of Sergt. Robert and Mary (Gull), b. 1679; res. Whatley; had 
a grant of 500 acres ot land in the northwest part ot Montague. 
Ebenezer Bardwell and Ebenezer Bardwell, Jr., were also in this 
county. A muster roll of a company of Foot, in His Majesty's 
service, under command of Capt. Salah Barnard, in a regiment 
raised by the province ot Massachusetts Bay, for the reduction of 
Canada, William Williams, Esq., colonel, 1758, Perez Bardwell 
enlisted April 13th to November 5th, seven months and eleven 
days, ^13 6s. 2d, p. 466. From "a. return of men enlisted for His 
Majesty's service within the province of Massachusetts Bay, under 
Col. Israel Williams, to be put under the command of His Excel- 
lency, Jeffrey Amherst, Esq. For the invasion ot Canada." 
Perez Bardwell enlisted April 6, 1759, aged twenty-two years; was 
in the former expedition of 1755-57; was provided with the king's 
arms. His brother, Samuel, was also in this company, and pro- 
vided his own arms. Ensign John Wyatt; see Sheldon's Deer- 
field, p. 182. Samuel Gillet killed in "Falls Fight" May 19, 1676. 
Ebenezer, Sr., died July 13, 1732. Ch. : i. Lieutenant Ebenezer, 


b. Sept. lo, 1707; m. Elizabeth Gillet. Their son, Lieutenant 
Perez Bardwell, married Tabitha Hastings. Lieutenant Perez 
Bardwell, of Hatfield, Mass., pay roll of the company of His 
Majesty's service, under command of William Shepard, captain, 
1761; enlisted June 24th; served till Dec. 4, 1761, twenty-three 
weeks and three days ; due him ^7 5s. 7d. ; vol. 99, p. 134. Muster 
roll of the company in His Majesty's service under command of 
Capt. Salah Barnard, enlisted March 5, 1760, and served as pri- 
vate till October 5th, and promoted as corporal October 6th, and 
served till Nov. 30, 1760; balance due him £13 14s. iid. ; vol. 99, p. 
263. A billetting roll of Capt. Salah Barnard's company, in Col. 
William Williams' regiment. Perez Bardwell enlisted April 13th; 
no date; number of days, fifty-two; vol. 96, p. 110. A pay roll ot 
a company under command of Capt. John Burke, Perez Bardwell 
£1 7s. 7d. ; dated. May 11,1757; vol. 96, p. 40. Their son, Silas Bard- 
well, m. Lorena Abbott. Their son, Daniel Abbott Bardwell, m. 
Susie Jones. Their son, Daniel Jones Bardwell, m. Frances 
Jenkins, and their son is Harry Jenkins Bardwell ; res. in Chicago. 
Lieutenant Ebenezer Bardwell, Jr. of Hatfield, Mass. (grandson 
of Robert B.). His name is found in the muster roll of the com- 
pany in His Majesty's service, under command of Eph. Williams, 
Jr., dated Dec. 19, 1747, Fort Massachusetts; actual service. 
Corporal Ebenezer Bardwell, three weeks, £1 los. 8d. In a com- 
pany of which Johna Ball was captain, John Church lieutenant, 
Ebenezer Bardwell, Jr., appears as ensign, with his signature ap- 
pended. Fort William Henry, Oct. 11, 1756. In a billetting roll, of 
Capt. Salah Barnard's company, of Colonel Williams' regiment, 
Ebenezer Bardwell, of Hatfield. April 13, 1757 or 1758, received the 
king's allowance, June 3, 1757 or 1758 ; amount due him £\ 14s. 8d., 
days, fifty-two ; vol. 96, p. 40. His name appears with the rank of 
second lieutenant in a muster roll of the company in His Majesty's 
service under command of Capt. John Burke; enlisted March 21, 
1759, to Nov. 30, 1759, thirty-five weeks, at £s per month, ;^43 
15s. He received from the commissary £2 2s. 4d; balance 
due him, ^^41 12s. 8d. He was lieutenant in Capt. Moses 
Porter's company in the expedition to Crown Point, in 
1756, and in Capt. Salah Barnard's company in the 
expedition to Canada, in 1757-58.— French and Indian 
War Records, Massachusetts. 2. Hannah, b. June 24, 1709. 3. 
Joseph, b. 1711. 4. Lieutenant Remembrance, b. 1713; m. Har- 
riet Dickinson. 5. Esther, b. 1715; d. soon. 6. Jonathan, b. Jan. 
5, 1718; d. young. 7. Abigail, b. Oct. 14, i72i;m. Noah Wells. 
8. Esther, b. Dec. 15, 1722; m. Daniel Morton, a son of Abra- 
ham and Sarah (Kellogg) Morton, of Whately, Mass., their son, 
Consider Morton, b. Oct. 12, 1762, in Whately, died April i, 1834; 
married Nov. 5, 1786, Mercy Clark, a daughter of Elisha and Han- 
nah (Hopkins) Clark, who was born April 24. 1762, and died Jan. 
16, 1850. Their daughter, Hannah Morton, b. Sept. 10, 1797, d. 
Aug. 30. 1875; m. Dec. 9, 1819, William Avery Howland, son of 
John and Grace (Avery) Howland, who was b. May 17, 1794, d. 
June 24, 1878. Their children born in Conway, Mass., were: 1. 
Edward Howland, b. June 28, 1821; d. Aug. 24, 1863. ii. William 


Howland, b. Dec. 12, 1822; d. Dec. 23. 1880. iii. George How- 
land, b. July 30, 1824; principal ot the Chicago Central High 
School, 1860-1880; superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, 1880- 
1890. iv. Henry Howland, b. March 29, 1827; d. May, 1883. v. 
Allen Howland, b. Jan. 20, 1832; d. Jan. 13, 1857. vi. Eliza S. 
Howland, b. Nov. 13, 1833; d. Aug. 30, 1836. vii. Francis How- 
land, b. June II, 1836; d. April i, 1838. viii. Francis Howland, 
b. Sept. 3, 1838. ix. Walter Morton Howland, b. July 22, 1840; 
m., ist, July 2, 1873, Florence C. Reynolds; m., 2d, July 12, 1881, 
Mida D. Warne; m., 3d, Anna Prettyman, April 11, 1893. Child 
by second marriage: Florence Elizabeth Howland, b. May 
28, 1883, in Chicago. Mr. Howland is governor of the Society of 
Mayflower descendants in Illinois, also a trustee of Amherst Col- 

William Howland was born Dec. 12, 1822, and died Dec. 23, 
x88o. He was graduated at Amherst College in 1 846 ; was a pro- 
fessor of Greek and Latin at Williston Seminary; instructor of 
Greek, Latin and chemistry in Amherst College ; studied law, and 
in 1852 moved to Lynn, Mass., where he was a leading citizen and 
a prominent member of the bar until his death. George Howland 
was born July 30, 1824; died Oct. 23, 1892. He was graduated at 
Amherst College in 1850; was a tutor and instructor there from 
1852 to 1857; principal of the Chicago High School from i860 to 
1880, and superintendent of the Public Schools of Chicago from 
1880 until 1891. He served two terms as master of Amherst Col- 
lege ; elected by the alumni. He was elected president of the 
Illinois State Board of Education in 1883. He was one of the best 
superintendents of the public schools that Chicago ever had. The 
principals of the public schools of Chicago soon after his decease 
formed the George Howland Club, in honor of his memory, and 
meet every month during the school year. Henry Howland was 
born March 29, 1827, and died at Rochester, N. Y., in May, 1883. 
He was a business man, a lumber dealer and lived at Chicago. He 
was a quartermaster with the rank of colonel in the civil war. 
Francis Howland was born Sept. 3, 1838. He is a farmer, and 
owns and occupies the old Howland homestead at Conway, Mass. 
Walter Morton Howland was born July 22, 1840. He fitted for 
college in the Conway public schools, and at Williston Seminary, 
Easthampton, Mass. He was graduated at Amherst College in 
1863; studied law and is a well known and successful lawyer in 
Chicago. Five years since he was elected by the alumni trustee 
of Amherst College, which office he still holds. 

219. ii. JOANNA, b. Dec. 9, 1686; d. Aug. 30, 1689. 

220. iii. JOSEPH, b. June 9, 1689; m.' Mary Smith. 

221. iv. DAUGHTER, b. March 15, 1691; d. April 19, 1691. 

222. V. JOANNAH, b. Jan. 9, 1693; m., June 11, 1713, Capt. Thomas 

French, of Deerfield. He was son of Thomas, b. 1689; was cap- 
tured in 1704, and returned before 1707; he was probably brought 
back by Ensign John Sheldon on his second trip; d. July 26, 1759. 
Ch. : I. Mary, b. March 26, 171 9; m. James Rider. 2. Freedom, 
b. March 2, 1721; d. Oct. 26, 1727. 3. Abigail, b. April 29, 1724: 
d. Oct. 31, 1727. 4. Thomas, b. July 20, 1726; d. Oct. 25, 1727. 












5. Freedom, b. April 22, 1730; m. Aaron Rice. 6. Thomas, b. 
April 22, 1732; m. Miriam Billings. 7. Abigail, b. Oct. 22, 1735; 
m. Joseph Catlin. 8. Joanna, b. May i, 1740; m. Moses Sever- 
223. vi. LYDI A, b. June 26, 1695; m. 1724, John Bliss, of Springfield. Shed. 
Feb. 29, 1760. He was son of Samuel and Sarah (Stebbins) Bliss, 
and grandson ot Nathaniel and Catherine (Chapin) ; was b. Long- 
meadow, Nov. 4, 1690; d. Oct. 8, 1784. Res. Springfield. Chil- 
dren: 1. John, b. Feb. i, 1727; d. Nov. 3, 1809. 2. Aaron, b. 
May 3, 1730; d. Feb. i, 1810. 

JONATHAN, b. Oct. 13, 1697; m. Mary Billings and Esther Smith. 

MARTHA, b. Oct. 19, 1699. 

ABIGAIL, b. Sept. 4, 1702; d. Jan. 10, 1721. 

ISRAEL, b. June 29, 1705; d. July 16, 1705. 

THANKFUL, b. Sept. 19, 1707; d. Oct 11, 1707. 

167. JOHN FIELD (John, William, John, Richard, William, William), b. 
Providence, R. I., about 1645; m. there, Elizabeth Everden, dau. of Hon. Anthony; 
also d. in Providence in 1687. She d. before 1698. He d. in 1698. Anthony Ever- 
den was a freeman in 1670 ; was a member ot the town council 1667-72; deputy to 
General Court, 1667-68-71-72-73. 

In 1677 John moved to Bridgewater, Mass., from Providence, R. I., July 5, 1687; 
he sold Samuel Comstock, of Providence, two acres of meadow there for £a, los, 
and his wife, Elizabeth, conveyed her third also. May 3, 1695, he deeded (tor nat- 
ural love and affection for his deceased brother, Zachariah) to four of his brothers' 
children, viz., John, James, Daniel and Joseph, all lands in Providence, "which 
did formerly belong to my honored father, John Field, of Providence, deceased" 
— with certain exceptions of lots previously sold, etc. The land, however, was to 
be for the use of Sarah Field, widow of Zachariah, during her widowhood, or till the 
boys were twenty-one, at which time they were to have it equally, and they were 
to provide their mother with a maintenance if she remained a widow after they 
were of age. Dec. 28, 1696, he deeded John Guernsey, of Providence, for ^^20, a 
tract of land, a mile east of Mashwenscut, containing sixty acres, and five acres of 
meadow, bounded partly by land "formerly belonging to my father-in-law, Anthony 
Everden, now deceased." He also sold a half purchase of commonage — all in 
Providence, March 8, 1698: administration to eldest son, John; inventory ;^i67 
19s. 8d. ; 4 oxen £'i.'2.\ 9 cows, ^18; 3 calves, 3 swine, arms, ammunition, spinning- 
wheel, land ;^93 9s. lod. 

Prov. Early records — B. 3, 102, swore allegiance to Charles II., in May, 1667. B. 2, 
371. "Nephews, May 3, 1695. "For natural love and affection which I did bear to 
my loving brother Zachary Field (deceased) and for divers causes and respects to his 
wife and children To John, James, Daniel and Joseph Field and to widow Sarah 
(during her widowhood) when they shall reach 21, &c. &c. land which belonged to 
Father John Field of Providence. Not recorded until 1713-14 Feby. i. e. "all the 
lands which belonged to his father John of Providence excepting those parcels here- 
after mentioned ; which I the above John Field do reserve to me. All the land I 
sold to Gideon Crawford, a piece of meadow bordering upon Oyster Point &c. and 
%, right of commonage within the four mile line, and whole purchase right between 
the four and seven mile line, and a half purchase right beyond the seven mile line, 
all which lands are in Providence. And for all the lands which did belong to my 
honored father John Field, I freely bequeath to my sister, Sarah Field during her 











widowhood, or until my Kinsmen, John. James, Daniel and Joseph shall come to 
the age of 21, then to be equally divided between them." 

Austin says administration was granted March 8, i6q8, to eldest son, John. 
Inventory, ^167 19s. 8d. 

7656. John Field, of Bridgewater. His eldest son, John Field, was appointed 
administrator March 8, 1697-98. No will and no other heirs mentioned. 

7659. On the 17th day of April, 1699, John Hayward, Sr., and Nathaniel Brett, 
ot Bridgewater, were appointed guardians of Ruth Field and Hannah Field, orphan 
children of John Field, late of Bridgewater. On the same date, John Field is chosen 
guardian to his brother, Daniel Field. (This information was taken from two bonds 
written on the same paper. The parents of Daniel not given, but he is supposed 
to be brother to Ruth and Hannah. — Plymouth county probate.) 

I find in the land records of Providence, in book No. 2, a deed of gift from John 
Field, of Bridgewater, Mass., to his four nephews, the children of his brother, 
Zackrey, of certain lands formerly belonging to his honored father, John Field, of 
Providence, dated 1695. It appears by the town records of Bridgewater that this 
John Field settled in Bridgewater from Providence in 1677, and died in 169S. His 
father resided in Providence in 1640. He d. in. 1698, res. Providence, R. I., and 
Bridgewater, Mass. 

JOHN, b. Feb. 20, 1671 ; m. Elizabeth Ames. 

ELIZABETH, b. Nov. 17, 1673; m., Nov. 3, 1697, Clement Briggs, 

of Easton. 
RICHARD, b. May 17, 1677: m. Susanna Waldo. 
LYDIA, b. Oct. 9, 1679; ™-' O^t. 2, 1701, Thomas Manley. See 
history of Easton, Mass., published in 1886, by Rev. "William L. 
Chafifin. Ch. : i. Priscilla Field Manley, m. 1732, Benjamin 
Kinsley, of Swanzey, and Easton. 2. Martha Manley Kinsley, 
b. March 21, 1737; m.. May 30, 1762, Seth Lothrop. 3. Alden 
Lothrop, m. Mary Stevenson. 4. Sylvanus Lothrop, m. Eliza 
Alden Stockton. Their daughter is Mary Lothrop Painter. Res. 
212 Western avenue, Alleghany, Pa. Ruth Manly, daughter of 
Thomas and Lydia (Field), married Josiah Keith, ot Bridgewater. 
Their son, Isaac Keith, m. Mary Randall. Their son, Isaac Keith, 
Jr., m. Joanna Pratt Besse. Their daughter, Parmelia Keith, m. 
Col. Abraham Washburn, of Bridgewater. Their daughter, Lucia 
Conant Washburn, m. William Jonathan Cutler, of Boston. Their 
son, Edward Hutchins Cutler, ot St. Paul, m. Lucy Carter Dunbar. 
Mr. Cutler is junior member of the firm of Noyes Bros. & Cutler, 
importers and wholesale druggists, 396-408 Sibley street, St. Paul. 

233. V. DANIEL, b, July 17, 1681; m. Sarah Ames. 

234. vi. RUTH, b. Jan. 25, 1683; d. Nov. 22, 1723. 

235. vii. HANNAH, b. ; m. Samuel Steere, son of John, of Providence, 

b. ; d. Oct. 18, 1745. Ch. : (from Steere chart) ; see will of John, 

elsewhere, i. Anthony, b. Dec. 14, 1716; d. Dec. 7, 1802. 2. 
Jonah, b. January, 1720; d. April 14, 1798. 3. Jeremiah, b. Feb. 
22, 1722; d. 1803. 4. Samuel, b. Nov. 12, 1731; d. Aug. 2, 1814. 

5. Susannah, b. . 6. Urania, b. ; d. April 5, 1785. 7. 

John, b. about 1729. Providence, B, 5, 23. Sept. 3, 1720, to Joseph 
Mowry, land known as Ridghill Meadow; no wife. B. 5, 113. Dec. 
8, 1721, to Brother John, fifteen acres, which John Steere, Sr., had 
given to him. This deed was voided by a mortgage in book 6, p. 
423. B. 6, 423. 1721, mortgage to John Steere, same as B. 5, 113. B. 


6, 425. Dec. 6, 1725, to Joseph Mowry, eighty-five acres of land; 
wife Hannah. Steere chart, at Rhode Island Historical Society: 
Urania m. William Coman. Anthony m. Rachel Comstock. 

Jonah m. Lydia Whipple. Jeremiah m., ist, Burlingame; 2d, 

Mary Thornton ; 3d, Mary Wade ; 4th, Jemima Lee. Memo. 1 
think the Steere chart is mistaken that Susannah married 
Coman; see will. 

169. ZACHARIAH FIELD (John, William, John. Richard, William, William), 
b. Providence, R. 1., about 1650; m. there Sarah Thornton. She d. April 14, 1716, 
dau. ot John and Sarah. She m., 2d, John Gurney. In 1673 he was made a tree- 
man; Aug. 14, 1676, he was ot those "who staid and went not away" in King 
Philip's war and so had his share m the disposition ot the Indian captives whose 
services were sold for a number of years; Sept. i, 1687, taxed 6s; 1687 ratable 
estate ot himself and mother: horse, 2 oxen, 2 cows, 4 heifers, 30 sheep, hog, 
8 acres of fence (of which 3 acres are planting land), 8 acres where the 
house is (of which i acre is orchard, 2 acres worn out and 2 acres planting), 4 
acres of meadow, a house lot in town, a little orchard and meadow. Oct. 31, 1688, 
he and wife Sarah deeded land to John Mathewson. Sept. 12, 1693. his widow ap- 
peared before the town council and desired settlement ot her husband's estate. She 
presented inventory and administration was given her and John Thornton. Aug. 
13, 1695, complaint was made by John Thornton and his father, John Thornton, 
Sr., desiring council to take care of children of Zachery Field, that they may be 
bound out to good places and educated. The council thereupon ordered the mother 
to look up good places for three eldest boys. Sept. 17, 1695, the widow informed 
the council that she had bound out her sons Zachariah and John to Nathaniel 
Waterman, and James to Solomon Thornton. Feb. 4, 1696, her administration was 
taken away from her and given solely to John Thornton, because she wasted the 
estate and did not improve it as it ought to be, and had not appeared before 
council and was "refractory in her actings." On the same date the council ordered 
that Daniel Field be put out to Nicholas Sheldon till of age. March 31, 1714, will 
proved. April 30, 1714, of his widow, then wife of John Gurney, and the latter 
appeared and stated he was present when his deceased wife made her will, and that 
he consented thereto. Executor was her son, Joseph Field. To her son, Zachariah, 
she gave 5s, and to sons John, James and Daniel also 5s each. To her daughter 
Sarah, all my brass, pewter, and iron vessels, bedding and other utensils for house- 
keeping. To son Jo.seph, cattle, sheep, swine and working tools, "they being the 
product of his care and dilligence" Inventory, ;i^6i 15s, viz., 2 cows, 4 heifers, 2 
steers, 27 sheep, swine, auger and other tools and wearing, etc., apparel. 

Early records, B. 2, 200. Swears allegiance to King Charles II., May 28, 1671. 

Early Providence records, B. 5, 236. Jan. 17, 1678-79. From George Shepard 
land between 4 and 7 miles lines. 

B. 5, 237. Oct. 30, 1688. Zachary Field, by consent of wife Sarah, conveys same 
property to John Mathewson. 

Early records, vol. 8, p. 12. Aug. 6, 1676. List ot 27 "who staid and went not 
away," includes Zachary Field. 

B. 8, 100. Dec. 7, i68r. Town of Providence grant to Zachary Field a lot of 40 
feet square above high water mark to build a wharf against his father's lot in the 

B. 10, 10. Sept. 12, 1693. Sarah Field, widow of Zachariah Field, who deceased 
Aug. 12, 1693, presented inventory of her husband's estate. He d. Aug. 12, 1693. 
Res. Providence, R. I. 


236. i. ZACHARIAH, b. Jan. 30, 1685; m. Abigail . 

237. ii. JOHN, b. 1687; m. Hannah . 

238. ill. JAMES, b. 1689; d. unm. about 1718, Providence; was probably 

lost at sea and unmarried. B. 3, 17. Of William Crawford, March 
26, 171 5, the homestead estate of his father, Zachariah, and his 
grandfather, John. B, 4, 145. To William Crawford, March 26, 
171 5, all outlying lands. 

239. iv. DANIEL, b. Aug. 7, 1690; removed to White Plains, N. Y. Daniel 

Field removed to White Plains, N. Y., before June 18, 17 19. 
Removed to Dutchess county, New York, before Oct. 30, 1745. 
Was a blacksmith at all places. B. 2, 458. From cousin, John 
Field, of Bridgewater, Nov. 2, 1714 (B. 5, p. 9). 459. To William 
Edmands, Oct. 17, 1715. B. 3, 17. To William Crawford, March 
26, 1715; see James above (14). B. 4, 73. To William Crawford, 
March 25, 1713. B. 7, 134. To brother Joseph Field (16), June 
i8, 1719, interest in brother James; no wife named. B. 11, 314. 
To brother Joseph Field (16), Oct. 30, 1745, interest in brother 
James' estate; no wife. Early record, X, 35. Feb. 4, 1695-96, 
apprenticed by town council to Nicholas Sheldon. 

240. V. JOSEPH, b. 1693; m. Zerviah Carey. 

241. vi. SARAH, b. ; d. unm. 

171. THOMAS FIELD (Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, William), 
b. in England about 1648; m. in Providence, R. I., Martha Harris. She d. about 
1 717; dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth (Austin). 

Early records, B 3, loi; Thomas swore allegiance to King Charles II., June i, 
1667. B. 3, 323; chosen treasurer of town of Providence June 3, 1672. B. 2, 11. To 
Col.;;;Nathaniel Thomas, 1705. 143. To Ehza Smith, Oct. 10, 1709. 150. To John 
Yates, Jr., Dec. 29, 1709, his son-in-law. 307. To John Yates, Jr., Aug. 2,1712. 
338. To Benjamin Smith, June 7, 1714. 343. To Daniel Mathewson, May 5, 5, 1712. 
353. From William Crawford, Aug. 12, 1714. 406. From William Crawford, Aug. 
12, 1714. 390. To Elizer Arnold, Jan. 27, 1714-15. 406. To award of land, Nov. 21, 
1685. 492. To Thomas, Jr. May 19, 1715. 519. To John Angell, April 27, 1716. 
543. To John Yeates, 1714. B. 9, 403. To son William, Sept 11, 1708. Important. 
Probate 2, 19, inventory, £s4 2s. 4d. Providence, 9, 403; Sept. 11, 1708. To 
son William (4), his house and lot, bounded by land of Daniel Abbott and Gideon 
Crawford, reserving room at his decease for his now wife Martha, during her 
married life, also lands at Wanskuck and What Cheer, half a right of land and 
meadow, west side of seven mile line, near Wanskuck, also his right in thatch 
beds, all his right up the river Woonasquatucket, also his part of the Thatch Cove, 
between Timothy Carpenter and Ponagansett for twelve years, after that one- 
half part ot all my cattle and swine, in case my now wife Martha outlives me, 
mother of my said William, said William shall pay her forty shillings annually. 
This deed was not entered until 1738. Wills 2. 1717. Thomas inventory pre- 
sented by son Thomas. Son Thomas appointed administrator.- See early records, 
XII. p. 59. Early records, B. 4, p. 34. April 12, 1675, Thomas with others 
protests in town meeting against vote denying right of Joshua Verin to sell land in 
Providence. B. 4, 213. July 23, 1706. Thomas and Martha given by Elizabeth 
Hoag, of Boston, her daughter (born April 4, 1703) to bring up. I presumed she 
was the Elizabeth (5) who married John Yeats, but this cannot be as she (5) married 
1708-9. B. 8, pp. II, 12, 1676. Aug. 14, 1676, at Thomas Field's by the water side 
under a tree was held a town meeting. In list of twenty-seven "who staid and 


went not away" appears name of Thomas Field. He was chosen one of five to 
dispose ot the Indians captured. 

It is noticeable that he had grandsons, Anthony and Jeremiah Field, as did also 
John Field, Jr. June 3, 1665, he gave receipt to his aunt, Deborah Field, tor 
legacies which she, as executrix of his uncle, William Field's will, had paid him. 
The will reterred to (dated May 31, 1665) gave to loving cousin (i. e. nephew), 
Thomas Field, now at Providence with me, all that cargo that is now upon sending 
to the Barbadoes, as also, all my horsekind (with certain exceptions), and four 
heifers, rights of land at Aquidnesett and Pauchassett, and turs which I have in 
my house. It was further provided that at death ot testator's wife, his nephew, 
Thomas, should have the house and all the etc. (including Saxafrax Neck), thus 
making him his heir, 1667-70-83-92-95-1706. Deputy, Feb. 20, 1671. He had twelve 
acres laid out. 1673-74 assistant; 1674 town treasurer. Aug. 14, 1676, town meet- 
ing was held, "before Thomas Field's house, under a tree, by the water side, "to 
make disposition of Indian captives, whose services were sold for a term of years. 
He had his share in the sale, as he was one of those "who said and went not away" 
in King Philip's war. July i, 1679, taxed is gd. 1681-82-83-87-88-1 702-3-4, town 
council. Nov. 27, 1682, in an agreement about the boundary lines between certain 
parties, allusion is made to Thomas Field, as being nephew and heir to William 
Field. Nov. 21, 1685, he had lands laid out to him, lo^ acres. Sept. i, 1687, taxed 
13s. 7d. 1688, ratable estate, a bull, 11 cows, 2 oxen, 3 heifers, 3 two-year, 8 year- 
ling, a horse, 6 swine, 6 acres Indian corn and English corn, 2 acres mowing pasture 
in swamp, 10 acres pasture, 2 shares meadow, 80 acres wild pasture, 300 acres in 
woods and rights. July 23, 1706, he and his wife, Martha, had given to them 
Margaret Hoggs, the little daughter of Elizabeth Hoggs, for them to bring up, 
instruct and dispose of as their own. (The mother of the child gave her to them.) 
Sept. II, 1708, he deeded son William land, situated lying and being in Providence, 
bounded north by land of Daniel Abbott, south by heirs of Gideon Crawford, east 
with highway and west with town street, including dwelling house, etc., half at the 
signing of deed and half at decease ot grantor, reserving a fire-room for use of 
wife, if she live after me. He further deeded to son William two parcels of land, 
one ot thirty acres, in place called Waller's Island, in place of Great Swamp, and 
the other at place called What Cheer, also ot thirty acres, with reservation to 
grantor ot privilege of timber, firewood and pasturing at What Cheer for life. 
He further deeded him one-half right in lands and meadow, west side of seven mile 
line, about 100 acres east of seven mile line, with other rights, etc. But in case my 
now wife Martha, mother of said William, should outlive me, then William is to 
pay her 40s annually for life. Dec. 29, 1709, he deeded son-in-law, John Yates, Jr., 
for well being and settlement, a lot on west side of town street, near my dwell- 
ing, and three years later deeded him another lot. May 29, 1715, he deeded son, 
Thomas, Jr., for love and affection, etc., all lands and meadows in place called 
Pumgausett, adjoining land where he now dwelleth, half at signing of deed and 
other half at decease of grantor (excepting what had before been disposed of to 
son William), also two other lots of seventy-one acres and eighty acres, and cer- 
tain rights. Nov. 29, 1717, administration to son and heir Thomas on his estate. 
Inventory, ^54 2S. 4d., viz., a cow that "he brought with him." and 3 cows raised 
by son Thomas, for his father's use, 2 steers, 2 heifers and 2 calves raised by son 
Thomas, and 8 sheep and 3 lambs, raised by son Thomas, and an old Bible, warm- 
ing pan, and old pewter, brass, wearing apparel, etc. Perhaps his daughter, Mary, 
married John Dexter (Stephen, Gregory). He. d. Aug. 10, 1717, res. Provi- 
dence, R. I. 


242. i. THOMAS, b. Jan. 3, 1670; m. Abigail Hopkins and Abigail Chaffee. 

243. ii. MARY, b. June i, 1673; ™- John Dexter. He was b. 1673; d. 

April 22, 1734; son of Stephen and Abigail (Whipple). She d. 
June, 1727, and he m. 2d, Mary Mason, who d. s. p. Ch. : i. Naomi, 
b. 1698. 2. Mary, b. 1699. 3. John, b. 1701 4. Stephen, b. 
1703. 5. Jeremiah, b. 1705. 6. Sarah, b. 1707. 7. Lydia, b. 1709. 
8. William, b. 1711. 9. Jonathan, b. 1713. 10. Abigail, b. 1715. 

244. iii. AMOS, b. in 1677; d. young. 

245. iv. WILLIAM, b. June 8, 16S2; m. Martha and Mary Mathewson. 

246. V. MARTHA, b. ; m. Thomas Mathewson. He d. Oct. 23, 1735. 

■ Res. Providence and Scituate, R. I. Ch. : i. Thomas. 2. Amos. 

Dec. 2, 1707, he had a deed of four acres of land from William 
Field, whom he calls brother-in-law, and who conveys the land 
for good will and respect. Thomas Field, father of said William, 
confirms the deed. His widow was administratrix of the estate. 
Inventory, ;i^7i8 is. 4d. 

Austin is my authority for this name (Martha). He savs she 
married Thomas Mathewson, but he subsequently corrects this 
and says that Mathewson married Martha Sheldon. I do not 
know of any such Martha. 

247. vi. ELIZABETH, b. Aug. 27, 167 — ; m., Jan, 24, 1709, John Yeats, Jr. 

He was son of John Yates, and died Nov. 28, 1724. Ch. : i. 

John. 2. James, b. July 18, 1710; m., Jan. 6, 1733, bapt. at 

Uxbridge, Mass. 3. Mary (see below) ; married at Providence, 
June 9, 1 721, John Bird, of Newport. 

B. 2, 150. From Thomas Field, Dec. 29, 1709. 543. From 
Thomas Field, 1714, and Marcy Borden. 

Council records: James Yeats chooses his uncle, Thomas Field 
(3), to be his guardian. 

Council records: June 4, 1733, voted that William Turpin shall 
deliver what things is now remaining in his hands that was the 
estate of John Yeats, deceased, unto Mary Boed, dau. of ye 
said John Yates. (I think this name is Boyd.) 

175. JEREMIAH FIELD (Joseph, Edward, William, John, John, William), 
b. bap. Bradford, England, July 27, 1634; m. there Nov. 2, 1658, Judith Walker, 
daughter of William, of Scoles, in the parish of BirstoU. Jeremiah Feild, named 
in his father's will, bap. at Bradford July 27, 1634, of Hipperholme, 1660 to 1672, 
afterwards of Chellow, buried at Bradford May 7, 1705. 

The children of Jeremiah and Judith Feild are recorded as follows: Joseph 
Feild, eldest son and heir, baptized at Halifax, March 10, 1660; sometime of Chel- 
low, after of Shipley and Heaton. Will dated March i, 1728; codicil April 11, 1729; 
proved July 6, 1733. Died without issue. Mary, baptized at Halifax, Jan. 11, 1662; 
married at Bradford, May i, 1685, to Paul Greenwood. John Feild, of Chellow, in 
Heaton, second son, married Grace, daughter of Timothy Rhodes, of Heaton, and 
relict of Thomas Hodgson, of Little Heaton, in the parish of Bradford. Buried at 
Bradford, Jan. 18, 1731, and his wife. Grace, Dec. 5, 1702. Sarah Feild, of Brad- 
ford died unmarried. May 11, 1758, at a great age. Anne, baptized at Halifax, 
May 8, 1671. Abigail, baptized at Halifax, March 16, 1672, married to George 
Longbotham, of that town; living; a widow, March i, 1728. He d. 1705. Res. 
Chellow, England. 








248. i. JOSEPH; sometime of Chellow, after of Shipton and Heaton, eld- 
est son and heir, baptized at Halifax, March 10, 1660; will dated 
March i, 1728; codicil April 11, 1729; proved July 6, 1733; d. s. p., 
and the estate passed to his nephew John. 

249. ii. MARY, bap. at Halifax, Jan. 11, 1662; m. at Bradford, May i, 1685, 
Paul Greenwood, esq. 

JOHN, b. ; m. Grace (Rhodes) Hodgson and Susan Binns. 

ANNE, bap. Halifax, May 8, 1671. 

ABIGAIL, bap. Halifax, March 16, 1672; m. George Longbotham, 
esq., of Halifax, England. She was living a widow May i, 1728. 

253. vi. SARAH, b. . Res. Bradford; d. unm. at a great age. May 11, 

1758, and was buried there. 

179. WILLIAM FEILDE (William, Edward, Edward, Christopher, John, 
Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas , Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Wakefield, Eng- 
land, ; m. Sarah ; d. May 4, 1657. The following is entered in the 

Wakefield Manor rolls in 161 2: "William Feilde, civic and Merchante tayler 
de London & Sara ux. eius surrender vac, voc. Lowefeild (Wakefield) to 
John Lyon of Wakefeild, gent, money to be paid at his house in the psh of 
St. Faith, London." It does not follow that the calling of this William 
was that of tailor, tor many who had no such occupation, joined this wealthy 
guild for the valuable privileges conferred on its members. His will is recorded in 
the Prerogative Court of Canterbury at London. It is dated Jan. 28, 1621-22, and 
was proved Feb. 13th following. He styles himself "Citizen and Merchant Taylor." 
He leaves to four friends in trust "Ail my lands and tents in Hawmess and Chap- 
well, Co. Beds." The personality to be divided between his wife, Sarah, and his 
children. There are legacies as follows: To my wife Sarah 200 out of my lands at 
Lambeth. To twenty poor people of this parish of St. Faith, each 20s. To my 
brother John Chapman 20s. for a ring. To my brother Warner and my sister each 
20S. To my mother 20s. He appoints his wife, Sarah, sole executrix. His widow 
survived him for more than thirty years. Her will is dated July 30, 1653, and was 
proved Nov. 10, 1657. She describes herself as "Sarah Field of St. Faith's under 
St. Paul's widow, aged and weak," and directs her debts to be paid out of her leases 
in St. Paul's church yard and Old Change. There are bequests to my grand- 
daughter Mary, wife of Oliver Boteler of Harrold, Co. Bedford; to my son-in-law, 
William Jetson and his wife Mary; to my son-in-law, Robert Thornton ; to Adam 
Howes, and to her, the testator's daughters, Sarah Thornton and Elizabeth Howes. 
She speaks of her eldest son Samuel, deceased; of her son James, and of her grand- 
child William Feild. Her burial is thus recorded in the parish registers of St. 
Faith's: "1657 May 4, Mrs. Feild out of St. John's, chancel." Meaning that she 
was buried in this part of the church. The writer supposes that the words " out 
of St. John's" mean that she was residing in that parish at the time of her death, 
but that her husband was buried in the church of St. Faith's, and, as she wished to 
lie beside him, was interred there. He d. Feb. 1621-22; res., London, England. 

SARAH, b. ; m. Robert Thornton. 

ELIZABETH, b. ; m. Adam Howes. 

SAMUEL, b. ; m. . 

JAMES, b. . 

MARY, b. ; m. William Jetson. 

180. ROBERT FIELD (Robert, Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christo- 
pher, John, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Newtown, L. I., ; 

m. Dec. 24, 1689, Mrs. Phcebe (Titus) Scudder. Robert Feild, of Newtown, grandson 











of the emigrant, married Phoebe, daughter of Edmond Titus, and widow of 

Scudder. The register of the Society of Friends says, in an entry referring to 
her father's death, that "his daughter Pheby Field, standing by him, he de- 
parted this life in a quiet frame of spirit sensible to the last, the 7th 2nd mo. 
1 71 5— aged 85." 

Her marriage is entered as follows in the Friends' register: "Robert Field, 
son of Robert Field of Newtown and Phebe Scudder of Westbury, 24th day ot 12th 
mo. 1689, at the house of Edmond Titus of Westbury." 

This Robert Field's will was dated the loth day of the loth month, 1734, and 
proved April 16, 1735. He names in it his brother Elnathan's children, Robert, 
Benjamin, Susannah, Phoebe and Mary; the daughters of his brother Nathaniel, 
who are not named, and a daughter of his brother Ambrose, also not named. There 
are bequests to his sister Susannah, wife of Peter Thorne, to Robert Field, and 
wite Elizabeth, and "my cousin (i. e., nephew) Robert Field" is one of the execu- 
tors. His widow, Phoebe, made her will the 12th day ot the nth month, 1742. 
There are numerous legacies in it to relatives and friends, and among others to 
the wite of Robert Field and her two daughters and two sons, Elnathanand Robert. 
It is evident from their wills that Robert and Phoebe Field died childless. He d. in 
1735; res., s. p., Newtown, L. I. 

181. NATHANIEL FIELD (Robert, Robert, William, Christopher, John, 
Christopher. John John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Newtown, 
L. I. ; m. July 9, 1701, Patience Bull of the Barbadoes or Bermudas. Nathaniel 
Field, named in a deed of his father, dated Oct, 8, 1690, and in his brother Robert's 
will. Nathaniel Field, brother of Robert, third of the name, and of Elnathan, m. the 
9th day of the 5th month, 1701, Patience Bull, "formerly ot Bermudas." The 
author can give no further account ot him, nor of his brother Ambrose, who was 
one ot the witnesses of his marriage. As shown in their brother Robert's will, 
Nathaniel had daughters and Ambrose a daughter in 1734. There may be de- 
scendants living ot these two, and their brother Elnathan. Res., Newtown, L. I. 

259. i. HE HAD several daughters mentioned in the will of their uncle 


182. ELNATHAN FIELD (Robert, Robert, William, Christopher, John, 
Christopher. John, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Newtown, 

L. I., ; m. Elizabeth . Elnathan Field, named, in his father's deed 

of Oct. 8, 1690, and in his brother Robert's will. His own dated July 12, 1735, 
proved Feb. 7, 1754. Elizabeth, named in the record of the birth ot her three 
eldest children, and in her husband's will. Elnathan Field, of Newtown, brother 
of the last Robert, made his will July 12, 1735. He mentions in it his wife Eliza- 
beth, his eldest son Robert, son Benjamin, and his daughters Susannah, Sackett, 
and Phoebe and Mary Coe. The author supposes that he survived some time 
after the date of it, as it was not proved until Feb. 7, 1754. An earlier entry 
in the Friends' register records the birth of some of his children, the date of it 
being uncertain. In all probability Elizabeth and Elnathan died before the wills 
of their father and uncle Robert were made, and their brother Benjamin and sis- 
ters were not born at the date of this entry in the register. Elnathan was elected 
assessor Jan. 6, 1703; April i, 171 2; April 2, 1723; April 6, 1724, and April 5, 1748. 
He was surveyor of highways in 1730. Was a Quaker in religion. He d. Jan. 3, 
1754; res., Newtown, Long Island. 

260. i. ROBERT, b. May 12, 1698; m. Elizabeth Hicks. 

261. ii. BENJAMIN, b. ; named in the wills of his father and uncle 













ELIZABETH, b. June 24, 1696; m. John Sackett. 

ELNATHAN, b. Nov. 19, 1700; prob. d. young. 

SUSANNAH, b. ; m. John Sackett, late husband of her sister 

Elizabeth; she was named in her father's and uncle's wills. 

PHCEBE, b. ; m. John Coe, Jr., mentioned in the wills. 

MARY, b. ; m. Robert Coe, mentioned in the wills. Children: 

Phoebe m. 1727. John Hendrick, of Fairfield, Conn. ; their son 
John, Jr., m. Eunice Bradley; their daughter Phcebe m. Jeremiah 
Wakeman; their daughter Martha m. Hezekiah Wellman; their 
daughter Phoebe Jane m. Napoleon Bonaparte Turner; their 
daughter Mary Malvina m. i860 Jesse Sands, b. Birmingham, 
England, 1838; he d. March, 1865; their daughter Clara Louise, b. 
Feb. 17, 1862, res. unm. 66 Lincoln st., Meriden, Conn. 

183. BENJAMIN FIELD (Robert, Robert, William, Christopher, John, 
Christopher, John, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Newtown, 
L. I. ; m. May 29, 1692, Experience Allen. Benjamin Field was born in Newtown, 
L. L, and went to Shrewsbury, and later, about 1690, to Chesterfield, N. J. Tradi- 
tion has it that he was accompanied by Peter Harvey and Lawrence Miller, and all 
journeyed through the province with their families carrying their effects in a 
wheelbarrow. This may have been true of the others, but not of Mr. Field, for he 
was not married until 1692. They all settled close together near the site of the 
present city of Bordentown. Field was possessed ot some means, was a good busi- 
ness man and was much respected and esteemed by the Friends. In 1697-98 he was 
appointed with Francis Davenport to contract with the builders for the building ot 
a stable at the Crosswick's Meeting House. He was frequently appointed on other 
business committees. Res., Flushing, L. I., and Shrewsbury and Chesterfield, 

ROBERT, b. June 6, 1694; m. Mary Taylor. 

AMBROSE, b. ; m., 1705, Susannah Decow. 

SUSANNA, b. ; m. in 1712, Benjamin Firman of Philadelphia, 


[Osgood Field, Esq., of London.] 

Although it has been supposed that the Fields of New Jersey, or rather that 
some branches of them, are descended from the Flushing family, as far as the 
writer is aware no positive proof of this has hitherto been forthcoming. Several 
circumstances have been known tending to show an early connection between the 
Long Island Fields and that State, but they do not afford the evidence of this rela- 
tionship which the genealogist should require. Savage says in his Dictionary that 
Robert Field, of Newtown, a patentee of Flushing in 1645, had a son, John, who 
removed to Boundbrook, N. J. 1 do not know on what authority this statement is 
made. In it the writer confuses the emigrant with his son Robert of Newtown, while 
the John referred to was probably the son of Anthony and grandson of the first 
settler. Accuracy cannot always be expected in a work of so extensive a character; 
however, that portion of the notice which is more intimately connected with 
the subject of this article, is partly confirmed by the record at Albany of a grant 
by Gov. Andros to John Field of a patent for land on Delaware Bay, called 
"Field's Hope." The date does not appear, but it must have been between 1674 
and 1681, the extent of Andros' term. I may add that the latest notices I find of 
John Field at Flushing are in the valuation of estates there in 1683, and the patent of 










1685. His name does not appear among the witnesses to marriages there in the 
family commencing in 1689; nor is he mentioned in the list of the inhabitants of 
the town in i6g8. It is not improbable that he removed to New Jersej^ before these 
dates, and he may be the same individual as the one named in the family record of 
an old Bible, noticed in the Register for April, 1S68, who had a son born m 1698. 

Among the papers preserved at the old Bowne house in Flushing, are tdree 
letters from B. Field to Samuel Bowne of that town, dated at Chesterfield, N. J., 
respectively 1700, 1701 and 1702, relating to purchases of land at Salem and else- 
where in that neighborhood, in which they both were interested. The writer's 
Christian name was doubtless Benjamin, as I know of no other members of the 
family, then living, with the same initials. One of them commences, dear friend," 
and before the signatures of all are the words "thy friend," from which I infer that 
they were not written by Benjamin Field, the son of Anthony, who married Samuel 
Bowne's sister Hannah, as other expressions would probably have been used in 
addressing one so nearly connected with the writer. We may suppose that Bowne's 
correspondent was residing at Chesterfield from the fact of all these being written 
there at considerable intervals of time, and also because it appears from one that 
the writer's wife was with him, and we know that the Benjamin spoken of remained 
at Flushing and died there m 1732. There were two other members of the Long 
Island Fields of the same name, who attained their majority before 1700 — one the 
son of the emigrant who is named in the Flushing patent of 1665-66, and the other a 
grandson of Robert of Newtown. 

The first of these Benjamins must have been nearly 60 years of age at the date 
of these letters, and they are apparently written by a younger man. In the one 
dated 26th, 5th month, 1701, the writer says, "remember duty to my mother." The 
emigrant left a widow. Charity,* who was living in 1672-3, but who probably died 
long before 1701 ; while we know that his son Robert's widow was then living, as it 
is stated in the marriage record of his son JNathaniel that it took place "9th day, 
5th month, 1701," "at the house of his mother Susannah ffield, widdow." 

For these reasons 1 am disposed to ascribe the authorship of these letters to 
Benjamin, son of Robert Field of Newtown, to whom his father deeded land there in 
1690, and who probably removed to New Jersey between that date and 1700. It is 
pleasant to turn from the uncertain inferences derived from the foregoing state- 
ments to a piece of undoubted evidence. 

The New Jersey family, of which the late Hon. Richard Stockton Field was a 
distinguished member, have had in their possession tor generations an old triangu- 
lar seal of steel, or iron, believed by them to have belonged originally to Robert 
Field, the emigrant. It has on one side the initials R. F., on another a shield with 
a chevron between three garbs, which are the arms ot the Fields of Yorkshire and 
Flushing, and on the third the crest granted to a member ot the family in 1558; an 
arm, issuing from clouds, supporting a sphere. The possession of this relic by the 
family induced me to apply to Judge Field's daughter for any information she 
might have of their ancestry, and I am indebted to this lady tor the following copy 
of entries in their old family Bible, which in connection with what is stated below, 
conclusively prove their descent from the Flushing Fields: 

"Robert, Field, son to Benjamin and Experience Allen, was b. Jan., 6, 1694. 

"Mary Field, daughter to Samuel and Susanna Taylor, was b. March 31, 

"Robert Field, son to the above Robert and Mary Field, was b. May 9, 1723. 

Susannah Field, daughter to Robert and Mary Field, was b. Oct. 25, 1725. 

* She describes herself as "widow" in a document she signed Feb. 12, 1672-3, disclaiming 
any right to "my sone Anthony field's Lott." 


"Mary Field, daughter to Robert and Mary, was b. Feb. 21, 1730. 

"Samuel Field, son to the above Robert and Mary, was b. Feb., 1736. 

"(Two other children, names torn off.) 

"Robert Field, son to Robert and Mary, 'm. Mary, daughter of Oswald and 
Lydia Pease. Children ot the above: Lydia, b. Oct. 10, 1766; Mary, b. Oct. 10, 
1767; Robert, b. July 10, 1769; Grace, b. Oct. 10, 1770; Susan, b. April 20, 1772; 
Samuel, b. July 14, 1773; Robert, b. April 5, 1775 " 

All the children ot Robert and Mary Pease died in infancy, except the last 
named, Robert, who married in 1797, Abby, daughter of Richard Stockton, and 
died in iSio, leaving five children, the fourth of whom was the Hon. R. S. Field. 
Among my extracts from the old records ot the Society ot Friends at Flushing, I 
find the following: "Benjamin Field and Experience Allen declared intentions of 
marriage, 29th, 6lh month, 1C92." Probably the marriage took place elsewhere, as 
I found no record ot it m the Flushing registers. This Benjamin, who is now 
shown to be the ancestor of a New Jersey famil\% could not have been Anthony's 
son, whose wife Hannah Bowne was married to him in 1691, and survived till 1707, 

There were two other members of the family of the name on Long Island at an 
early date, as already stated, I do not think that this one was the emigrant's son, 
who was at least 48 years ot age in 1692, and probably several years older, as his 
brothers Robert* and Anthony had attained their majority in 1653, when their father 
conveyed land to them. Apparently, he was dead, or had left the neighborhood some 
little time before this marriage, for according to the Flushing records, two and only 
two ot the name witnessed the marriage of Robert Field., Jr., of Newtown, in 1689, 
and ot Samuel Titus, t a near connection, in 1691, and the signature of but one is 
appended to the entry ot that of Benjamin Field and Hannah Bowne in the last 
named year. 

As neither styles himself senior or junior, I infer that they were about the same 
age, and therefore, the two cousins who were grandsons of the emigrant, both ot 
whom are known to have been residing on Long Island about this time. For a 
generation after these dates only one Benjamin signs these records. The conclu- 
sions I derived from all these facts are that Benjamin Field, | son of Robert of New- 
town, was tae husband of Experience Allen, and the writer of these letters, and that 
he removed to New Jersey shortly after his marriage, where he left descendants, as 
the old Bible clearly shows. 

183^. AMBROSE FIELD (Robert, Robert, William, Christopher, John, 
Christopher, John, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. Newtown, 

L. I. ; m. , . He was named in his father's deed in 1690; had a daughter 

who was referred to in her uncle Robert's will, but name not given. Res., New- 
town, L. I. 

185. BENJAMIN FIELD (Anthony, Robert, William, Christopher, John, 
Christopher, John), b. Flushing, L. I. ; m. Nov. 30, 1691, Hannah Bowne of Flush- 

* At the old Bowne house in Flushing is an official copy by John Clements, the town clerk, 
of a deed of land there by Robert Field to his sons Robert and Anthony, dated Feb. 12, 1653. 
The Register for July, 1864, contained a notice of a pamphlet by the Rev. Henry M. Field, giv- 
ing an account of the family, which, in the number for April, 1868, was shown to be erroneous. 
It is stated in this pamphlet that the brothers Robert and Anthony were born respectively in 
1636 and 1638. This deed, whose existence has been known to me only recently, proves that the 
dates of births signed therein to the emigrant's sons are at least six years too late. 

t Samuel Titus, born in 1658, was a son of Edmund and brother of Phebe, the wife of Rob- 
ert Field, Jr., of Newtown. 

t His sister Susannah and "Isaac Merrit of Burlington in West Jersey," declared inten- 
tions of marriage in 1699. 


ing, b. April 2, 1665; d. Dec. 30, 1707; m., 2d, Feb. 23, 1709, Elizabeth Peaks of 
Matinecock; d. 1724. Benjamin Field of Flushing, youngest son in 1690, d. in 
Flushing, Dec. i, 1732, described in record as "an ancient friend." His thini wife, 
whom he m. at Flushing, April 13, 1727, was Sarah Taylor, widow. Her will, 
dated Nov. 26, 1732, proved March 20, 1734, leaves her property to her grandsons 
Doughty and March. 

Among other papers preserved at the old Bowne house is the draft of the fol- 
lowing letter from Hannah Bowne to her parents. It bears no date, but was no 
doubt written in 1690, for in that year her father lost his second wife, Hannah Bick- 
erstaffe, and did not marry his third, Mary Cock, till 1693: "And dear father and 
mother, I may also acquaint you that one Benjamin Field, the youngest son of my 
friend Susannah Field, has tenderd his love to me — the question he has indeed pro- 
posed as concerning marriage the which as yet I have not at present rejected nor 
given much way to, nor do I intend to proceed nor let out my affection too much 
towards him till I have well considered the thing and have yours and friends' ad- 
vice and consent concerning it." 

The writer of this letter was Hannah, daughter of John Bowne, and his first 
wife Hannah, daughter of Robert Feaks, or Feeks, as it was sometimes spelt. This 
Feaks married Elizabeth Fones, granddaughter of Adam Winthrop of Groton, and 
widow of her cousin Henry, son of John Winthrop, first governor of Massachusetts. 
Hannah Bowne was born in 1665, according to the Friends' register, and her mar- 
riage entry in it occurs the year after the supposed date of her letter. It reads: 
"Benj. Field, son of Anthony Field of Long Island, deceased, and Hannah Bowne, 
daughter of John Bowne of Long Island, aforesaid married 30th, gth, 1691, at John 
Bowne's in Flushing." 

At the old Bowne house is a deed of land by Benjamin Field to Samuel Bowne, 
dated 9th, 12th month, 1696-97. In a list of the inhabitants of Flushing in 1698 is the 
following: "Benj. Feild and Hannah his wife, children Benj., John, Anthony, and 
Sam'l, negroes Jo and Betty." 

At the same mansion two or three letters are preserved, dated at Chesterfield 
in 1700 and 1701, signed B. Field, and addressed to Samuel Bowne. They relate to 
purchases of land in that neighborhood, in which they were both interested. One 
of them speaks of "another purchase of land to the quantity of 1,000 to 1,500 acres," 
which "lyes above the falls of Delaware, about 10 or 11 miles from Salem." 

This Samuel Bowne was son of John and Hannah, and born in 1667. It has been 
stated that there were three Benjamin Fields living at the date of these letters; but 
they were doubtless written by the son of Anthony, who was the brother-in-law of 
the person to whom they were addressed. One of them commences, "Dear and 
loving friend and kinsman Samuel Bowne." 

The following is in the register of the Flushing Friends: "Children of Benja- 
min and Hannah Field: Benjamin, born 5th day, i2th month, 1692; John, born 13th 
day, nth month, 1694; Samuel, born loth day, 8th month, 1696; Anthony, born 
28th day, 5th month, 1698; Hannah, born 20th day, 5th month, 1700; Joseph, born 
I2th day, 4th month, 1702; Sarah, born 17th day, 6th month, 1704; Robert, born 7th 
day, 7th month, 1707." 

Hannah Field died shortly after the birth of the last child, as shown by this 
entry: "Hannah Field, wife of Benjamin Field, of Flushing, died 30th day, loth 
mo., 1707." Her husband married again a lady who must have been a near relative 
of his first wife and her mother. This marriage is thus entered in the register: 
"Benjamin Field and Elizabeth Feaks, daughter of John Feaks, of Matinecock, 
married the 3rd day of 12th mo., 1709-10, at Jericho." Her death is recorded as fol- 
lows: "Elizabeth Field, wife of Benjamin Field of Flushing, died 1724-" As far as 














the writer can learn, she left no children, nor does he know the date of her hus- 
band's death. 

Robert Feake was at Watertown, Mass., as early as 1630 and represenied that 
town in the Massachusetts Court of Deputies many years. He came to Flushing in 
1650, and died in 1668 at an advanced age. He m. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas 
Fones, of London, and Anne, his wife, who was daughter of Adam Winthrop, of 
Groton, Suffolk, and sister of John Winthrop, governor of the Massachusetts 

Elizabeth Fones was first married to her cousin Henry Winthrop, son of the 
governor, who was drowned at Salem about a year after. A little later she became 
the wife of Robert Feake, by whom she had a daughter, Hannah, who married John 
Bowne, of Flushing, and another, Elizabeth, the second wife of Captain John Un- 
derbill. Robert Feake survived his wife Elizabeth, and married again ; for admin- 
istration on his estate was granted to his widow, Sarah, the igth June, 1669. Mount 
Feake, at Waltham, was named after this Robert. 
He res. in Flushing, L. I. 

270. i. BENJAMIN, b. Feb. 5, 1692-93, in Friends* Records, of Flushing; 
m. Feb. 13, 1727, at Flushing, Sarah Tayler. 
JOHN, b. Jan. 13, 1694; m. Elizabeth Woolsey. 
SAMUEL, b. Oct. 10, 1696; m. Mary Palmer. 
ANTHONY, b. July 28, 1698; m. Hannah Burling. 
JOSEPH, b. June 12, 1702; m. Molly Denton. 

ROBERT, b. Sept. 7, 1707; m. Rebecca Burling and Abigail Sutton. 
HANNAH, b. July 20, 1700; m. March 9, 1721, Thomas Haviland; 
shed. Nov. 21, 1721; res.. Flushing. 

"This is to certify ye truth to all people that Thos. Haviland, 
son of Benjamin Haviland, of Rye, in the county of Westchester, 
and Hannah Field, daughter of Benjamin Field" (Flushing), 
"Queens County, on Long Island, both in the province of New 
York. Haveing intentions of marrage eatch with other did pro- 
pose the same, at the men and women's meeting ot the people. 
Comonly cald Quakers, in Flushing afores'd. The said meeting 
appoynted persons to enquire whether they were clear from all 
others on account ot Marrage, and bring report accordingly to the 
next monthly meeting wher the persons above mentioned were 
desired to come for their answer. And at their second coming 
before said meetings, enquiry being made, and nothing appearing 
to ninder their proceeding, they having consent of parents, the 
meeting left them to their liberty to accomplish their marrage, ac- 
cording to the good order used amongst the friends ot truth. 

"And accordingly on this ninth day of the ist m. 1721, At a 
meeting at the meeting-house in Flushing aforesaid the said 
Thomas Haviland and Hannah Field tooke eatch other by ye 
hand standing up in ye said Asembly did solemnly declare ye they 
took eatch other for husDand and wife promising by the lord's as- 
sistance to be true and loving husband and wife to eatch other till 
death shall separate them. 

"And for farther confirmation, they have hereunto sett both 
their hands ye day and year above written. 

"She assuming ye name of hei husband according to the custom 
of marrage. "Thomas Haviland. 

"Hannah Haviland. 


"And we whose names are underwritten are witnesses: 

"J. Rodman, John Ryder, Wm. Burling, Hugh Cowperthwaite, 

Obediah Laurence, Eliakira Hedges, Cornelius Van Wyck. James 

Clement, Jr., Wm. Philips, Wm. Haigat, Henry Rodman, John 

Field, Elizabeth Field, Anthony Field, Joseph Thorn, Thomas 

Thorn, Samuel Thorn, Mary Rodman, Jane Clement, Benjamin 

Field, Samuel Bowne, Sarah F'eild, Martha Thome, Susanna 

Hedger, Hannah Field, Grace Cowperthwaite, Phebe Van Wick. 

"Thomas and Hannah Havilaud's Marriage Certificate, 1721." 

277. viii. SARAH, b. Aug. 17, 1704; m. James Clements; she d. 1724. 

186. JOHN FIELD (Anthony, Robert. William, Christopher, John, Christo- 
pher, John), b. Flushing, L. I., May 15, 1659; ™- Margaret ; shed, before 1729. 

John Field was at Flushing at an early period. There is a person of this name 
among those who took the oath of allegiance in a list without date, and with no 
place named. As the province ot New York was definitely ceded by the Dutch to 
the English in 1674, I ^o i^ot think that it could have been later. There is also 
among the Albany records an entry referring to a tract of land granted by Gov- 
ernor Andros to John Field. No date is mentioned, but it must have been between 
1674 and 1681, which years embrace Andros' tenure of this office. The record com- 
mences: "Whereas there is a certain parcel of land, which by my order hath been 
laid out for John Field, called by the name of Field's Hope, situated in a creek 
called Maspillan Creek, and on the east side of said creek, and on the west side of 
Delaware Bay, etc., etc., etc." In the valuation of estates at Flushing in 1683, John 
Field had "5 acres, 2 cowes, and 4 swine." He is named in the patent confirma- 
tion of this town in 16S5. The records of the Society of Friends at Flushing are 
pretty complete from about this date, and there are the names of a number of wit- 
nesses to every later marriage ot a member of the family, but his does not appear 
among them. The author infers from this that he either died, or lett the neighbor- 
hood, in or shortly after 1685. In the latter case he may have been the grantee of 
"Field's Hope," and removed there. 

The American Bible Society possesses an old Bible presented to it by the Hon. 
Peter D. Vroom, of Trenton, N. J., which has the following: 

"Jeremiah Feild, the son of John Field and Margaret his wife, was born May 
17th, 1689." 

On Dec. 14, 1695, John Field, of Flushing, purchased ten hundred and fifty-five 
acres of land fronting the Raritan river below Bound Brook, N. J, He purchased 
his Raritan lands from Benjamin Clarke. The deed is recorded in Book G. of 
Deeds, folios 188-189-190-191, Trenton, N. J. This land is still in possession of 
some of his descendants. He was commissioned a justice of the peace, Feb. 14, 
1 710, for the counties of Middlesex and Somerset, N. J. 

In The Name of God Amen. 

I John Field of the Township of Piscataway in the County of Middlesex and 
Province of East New Jersey Gent, Being Sick and weak in Body but of Perfect 
mind and memory, thanks be therefore given to Almighty God, do make and ordain 
this my Last will and testament in manner and form following . . . 

Imprs. I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Cre- 
ator, Trusting to be saved only by and through the alone merits of our Lord and 
Saviour Jesus Christ; and my body I commit to the earth whence it was taken to 
be Decently Interred at the Discretion of my executor hereafter named ; and as for 
those worldly goods which God in his mercy has been pleased to bestow upon me I 


give, devise, bestow and bequeath the same in manner and form following, 
viz. — 

Item. I give devise and bequeath unto my youngest Daughter Charity Field the 
sum of one hundred pounds current money of this Province to be paid unto her my 
said daughter by my Executor within five years next after my decease. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah Breece the sum of sixty 
pounds current money of this Province to be paid unto my said daughter Hannah 
within four years next after my decease by my Executor. 

Item. All the rest, residue and remainder of my Estate both real and personal 
I devise and bequeath unto my son Jeremiah Field whom I do hereby nominate, 
constitute and appoint full and ;sole executor of this my last will and Testament ; 
utterly Revoking, Disannulling, Annihilating and Disalowiug all former and other 
Wills, Testaments, Executors, Legacies and Bequests whatsoever by me heretofore 
made ordained or given by writing or any other way; howsoever. Ratifying' 
confirming and allowing this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. 

In Witness Whereof 1 have hereunto set my hand and seal this eleventh day 
of March in the Eleventh Vear of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George, by the 
grace ot God, of Great Brittain, France and Ireland, King, defender of the faith, 
&c. Anno. Dom. one thousand seven hundred and twenty-four or five. 

John Field. [L. S.] 

Then follows names of witnesses, etc., with usual acknowledgments as to sig- 

On July 22, 1729, this will was admitted to probate by M. Kearney, surrogate. 

This will is recorded in Liber B, folio 126, of&ce of Secretary ot State, Trenton, 
N. J. He d. in 1729; res., Bound Brook, N. J. 

278. i. JEREMIAH, b. May 17, 1689; m. Mary Van Vieghten. 

279. ii. HANJNAH, b. ; m. Hendrick Brees. 

280. iii. CHARITY, b. ; mentioned in his will. 

187. THOMAS FIELD (Benjamin, Robert, William, Christopher, John, Chris- 
topher, John), b, about 1674; m. Hannah , b. 1680; d. Feb. 2, 1761. Thomas 

Field, who was named among the inhabitants of Flushing in 1698, and was then 
single, had i:isue according to the Friends' register. The marriages ot some of 
these children are entered in the Flushing registers, viz: On the loth of the 12th 
month, 1725-6, Nathan Field, "son of Thomas and Hannah Field of Flushing," and 
Elizabeth Jackson, daughter of James and Rebecca Jackson, were married. 
"John Clarke and Sarah Field, daujihter of Thomas of Fkshing were married 3d 
day of 2d mo. 1735." "Joseph Field, son of Thomas and Hannah and Mary Rod- 
man, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth, married the i6th of 6th mo. 1750." The 
last couple had a son, Rodman Field, born on the 2d day of 8th mo. 1751. The 
mother, Mary Field, died 23d of same month, "aged about 22." The death of the 
father of these children is entered in the registers as follows: 'Thomas Field de- 
ceased the 3rd day of ist mo. 1761, aged about 87." This would make the date of 
his birth about 1674. His wife's death is recorded immediately after, this: "Han- 
nah Field, his widow, died the 2d day of 2d mo. 1761, aged about 81. They 
had been married and lived together near sixty years." 

The author has already stated that he is unable to say who was the father of 
this Thomas. The most plausible suggestion he can offer is, that he was son of 
Benjamin Field, the son of the emigrant who was appointed ensign tor Flushing 
in 1665, and by a first wife. It is pretty evident from the will ot his widow Sarah, 
that she left no child ; but she may have been the second wife, and perhaps her 
husband had issue by a previous one. 






























He d. Jan. 3, 1761; res., Flushing, L. I. 

WILLIAM, b. Oct. 22, 1 701; d. March 4. 1759. 

NATHAN, b. Sept. 30, 1703; m. Elizabeth Jackson. 

CALEB, b. Nov. 5, 1705; m. Anne Rodman. 

JACOB, b. May 23, 1708. 

MARY, b. Oct. 30, 1710. 

SARAH, b. July 6, 1712; m. Feb. 3, 1735, John Clarke of Flushing. 

HANNAH, b. May 27, 1715. 

THOMAS b. Sept. 28, 1719; d. Oct. 9, 1748. 

JOSEPH, b. Feb. 29, 1722; m. Mary Rodman. 

195. THOMAS FIELD (Henry, John. John, John, Richard, William, William, 
Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. Cockemhoe, Hertfordshire, England, 
about 1650; m. Sibella Hobbs. He d. about 1695; res., Cockemhoe, England. 

THOMAS, b. about 1691 ; m. M. Rudd. 

JOHN, b. Nov. 15, 1683; m. E. Waters. 

NATHANIEL, b. Nov. 9, 1685; m. E. Southgate. 

ISAAC, b. July 29, 1687; m. M. Gartick. 

WILLIAM, b. April 22, 1691 ; m. E. Stackhouse. 

. ^ ^ .-.197. SERGT. EBENEZER FIELD (Zechariah. Zechariah, John, John, Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Northampton, Mass., Oct. 31, 1671; m. Jan. 14, 1697, 
Mary Dudley, b. May 16, 1678. Shem., 2d, Timothy Alcott, of Bolton, Conn.; d. 
April 20, 1740. Ebenezer Field, son of Zechariah and Sarah (Webb), b. in Northamp- 
ton, Mass., Oct. 31, 1671. He came to Deerfield with his father; in 1696 he removed 
to East Guilford, Conn., now Madison, where he d. May 17,1713. He was a sergeant, 
and had charge and command of a few men on the Sound for the protection of the 
settlements. He m. Jan. 14, 1697, by Andrew Leet, a member of the Governor's 
Council, Mary Deadly, or Dudley, as the name is now spelled, b. May 16, 1678. 
She m., 2d, 1722, Timothy Alcott, of Bolton, Conn., where she d. April 20, 1740. 
Ebenezer, whose good old Scriptural name signifies, "Thus far hath the Lord 
helped us," resided in Madison, Conn. Here he and those that came after him 
abode for more than one hundred years. In the old burying ground where 

The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep, 

may be seen side by side three low head-stones which mark the heads ot three 
generations. He d. May 17, 1713; res. East Guilford, Conn. 

SAMUEL, b. Jan. 12, 1704; m. Bethiah Johnson. 

DAVID, b. Dec. 2, 1697; m. Anna Bishop, Catherine Bishop and 

Mrs. Abigail Tyler Strong. 
MARY, b. Nov. 16, 1699. 

EBENEZER, b. 1706; m. Hannah Evarts. Margaret Evarts, Debo- 
rah Hall and Hannah Mills. 
ZECHARIAH, b. 1708; m. Prudence Graves and Anna Seward. 
JOAREB, b. March 2, 1711; m. Abigail Bradley. 
ANN, b. March 22, 1713; m. Aug. 31, 1752, Elisha White of Hat- 
field and Bolton, Conn. 

301 >^. viii. GREGORY, b. ; found drowned in Shoatacket river. Conn., 

April 29, 1710. 

199. JOHN FIELD (Zechariah. Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, 
William), b. Dec. 8, 1673; m. Nov. 9, 1696, Mary Bennett, daughter ot James of 
Northampton. John Field, son of Zechariah and Sarah (Webb), b. in Deerfield, 
Mass. His was one of the unfortunate families that was broken up at the destruc- 

















tion and massacre of the inhabitants of Deerfield by the French and Indians un- 
der Hertel De Rouville, Feb. 29, 1704. where many of the inhabitants were slain 
and others carried into captivity to Canada. He was one of that heroic band who 
attacked the retreating enemy without success in the meadow. He m. Mary, 
daughter of James and Mary (Broughton) Bennett, of Northampton and North- 
field. She was one of the captives taken to Canada, but was ransomed and returned 
the next year with her son John. He removed about 1710 to East Guilford, Conn., 
from there to Coventry or Stafford, Conn., where he' d. in 1718. 

John Field of Northampton and wife Mary and Elizabeth Hurd of Boston, sur- 
viving heirs of Francis Bennet, convey lands in Boston, Sept. 15, 1697, to John 

In the wills and distribution of estates in the Hartford probate office is the will 
of John Field, of Coventry, Conn. ; wife Mary, son John, other children mentioned^ 
but no names given; deceased before March 6, 171 7- 18; was proven at that date. 
Witness, Joseph Meacham, Samuel Barker. 

He d. Coventry, Conn., Feb., 1718; res. Deerfield, Mass., East Guilford, and 
Stafford. Conn. 

302. i. MARY, b. 1697. She was captured with her mother and taken 

captive to Canada and adopted into an Indian family, who gave 
her the name of "Walahowey." She m. an Indian chief and came 
with him to visit her relations in Connecticut, and sent to North- 
field for her brother Pedajah. Her friends made every effort to 
have them both remain, and Pedajah urged them to come to 
Northfield and live with him. Her husband was willing, but Mary 
was not, as she had become so firmly attached to her Indian mode 
of life that she could not be persuaded to stay among her friends. 
She told her brother Pedajah that he should be captured and 
taken to Canada, and he firmly believed the attempt was made 
one day while he was mowing in a little meadow ; which was only 
frustrated by his taking the alarm and crossing the river to 
Pachang, where other men were at work. He used every precau- 
tion to prevent a surprise, but was not molested afterwards. It 
seems strange that persons can be so infatuated with such a mode 
of life. It is not know whether she had any children. Nothing 
more is known of Mary or her husband. 

303. ii. JOHN, b. Oct. 4, 1700, was captured by the Indians; returned and 

m. Anna . 

SARAH, b. April 14, 1703; killed by Indians Feb. 29, 1704. 

PEDAJAH, b. Jan. 28, 1707; m. Hannah and Abigail Pettee. 

BENNETT, b. Dec. 13, 1709; m. Elizabeth Spaflford. 
SARAH, b. July 20, 1712. 

200. JOHN FIELD (John, Zechariah, John. John, Richard, William, Wil- 
I'am), b. Hatfield, Mass., May 11, 1672; rn. i6g8, Sarah Coleman, b. Feb. 15, 1673, 
daughter of John and Hannah (Porter); d. Jan. 8, 1759. John Field, son of John 
and Mary (Edwards), born in Northampton, Mass. He settled in Hatfield, where 
he died. He was one of the two constables appointed by the governor and council 
in 1708. A soldier in the Indian wars. He married Sarah, daughter of John and 
Hannah (Porter) Coleman, of Hatfield. Mrs. Field was one of the captives of 
Ashpelon's raid, Sept. 19, 1677. She was redeemed by Wait and Jennings in 1678. 
A shoe, worn by her on the homeward march from Canada, in 1678, is among the 
treasures in the Deerfield Memorial Hall. He d. May 28, 1747. Res. Hatfield, Mass. 










308. i. JOHN, b. Sept. 14, 1700; m. Editha Dickinson and Ann Bagg. 

309. ii. SARAH, b. May 14. 1702; m. Dec. i, 1725, Joshua Belding; m., 2d, 

1741, Thomas Noble, of Westfield. She d. Aug. 17, 1763. 

310. iii. HANNAH, b. July 8, 1704; m., Dec. 24, 1729, Samuel Dickinson, ot 

Deerfield. He was son of Nathaniel, b. 1687 ; captured by the Ind- 
ians at Hatfield, in 1698. and recovered in the Pomeroy pursuit; 
taken again at Northfield, Oct. 11, 1723, and returned and settled in 
Deerfield in 1730, on lot No. 23; in 1739 ^^^ general court granted 
him 200 acres of land at Roadtown, "in consideration of his suf- 
ferings while m captivity." He died June 23, 1761. Their daugh- 
ter, Elizabeth, was drowned m the Deerfield river with her 
mother while they were fording the stream on horseback, at Old 
Fort. There is a horizontal sandstone slab over her grave in the 
old burying yard. The marble tablet bearing the inscription is 
broken to fragments. Ch. : i. Hannah, b. Sept. 21, 1730; m., 
Jan. 30, 1765, Col. William Williams, of Hatfield, Deerfield and 
Pittsfield. He was born in 1713; was graduated at Harvard Col- 
lege in 1729; went into business in Boston, but soon failed; was 
ensign under General Oglethorpe, 1745, in the attempt on St. 
Augustine, and with Admiral Vernon, in 1741; went to Deerfield 
about 1743; was lieutenant-colonel in the Northern Hampshire 
army. In 1745 raised a company about Deerfield and sailed for 
Cape Breton with a lieutenant-colonel's commission; arrived 
there after the reduction of Louisburg, but was of the garrison 
which held it until spring ; was in charge of the detachment which 
rebuilt Fort Massachusetts, in 1747; refused Governor Shiley's 
request to remain as commander, but was made commissary of 
, supplies of the line of forts; resigned Nov. 15, 1748, on account of 
difficulty in obtaining provisions, but remained at Deerfield; 
kept a store on lot No. 29; was selectman in 1751. He moved 
to Pittsfield about 1754, where he built a house which 
became Fort Anson; was the savior of the noted Pittsfield Elm. 
From 1755 to 1758 he served as captain in the regiment of his 
uncle, Sir William Pepperell, and in 1758 as colonel under Gen- 
eral Abercrombie. At the end of the campaign of that year he 
retired on half-pay; was justice of the peace in 1748; judge of the 
court of common pleas, 1761, and later judge of probate, and 
almost continually in town office in Pittsfield until the Revolu- 
tion; was a Tory, and died April 5, 1784. Hannah was his third 

wife, and she m. 2d, Shearer, and was a widow again 

before 1789. 2. Hepzibah, b. Oct. 8, 1732; drowned 1740. 3. 
Nathaniel, b. Oct. 7, 1734; m. Mrs. Hannah Woolsey. 4. Samuel, b. 
Oct. 13, 1736. He was a soldier in the last French war; died 
unmarried, Nov. 30, 1780. Hannah, the mother, was drowned in 
Deerfield river Sept. 3, 1740. 

311. iv AMOS, b. June 24, 1708; m. Mehitable Day. 

312. V. ELIAKIM, b. Nov. 27, 1711; m. Esther Graves. 

313. vi. MARY, b. June 18, 1715; m.. May 18, 1738, Moses Warner. 

202. ZECHARIAH FIELD (John, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, 
William), b. Hatfield, Mass., August, 1676; m., May 25, 1705, Sarah Clark, b. April 
20, 1677, daughter of Deacon John and Rebecca (^Cooper), of Northampton. Zecha- 
riah Field, son of John and Mary (Edwards), was born in Hatfield, Mass. He 


removed, in 1734, to the district of Amherst, where he died, in 1738. The first town 
meeting to organize in the town of Amherst was held at his house, Dec. 31, 1734, 
but was not organized until 1739. His name is the first that appears on the town 

Amherst was originally a pa^-t of Hadley. At a legal town meeting, in Hadley, 
March 4, 1700, it was "voted by the town that three miles and one quarter eastward 
from the meeting house, and so from the north side of Mount Holyoke unto the 
Mill river, shall lye as common land forever, supposing that the line will take in 
the new swamp. Voted that the rest of the commons eastvrard shall be laid out in 
three divisions, that is to say, between the road leading to Brookfield and the Mill 
river, notwithstanding there is liberty for the cutting of wood and timber so long as 
it lieth unfenced; there is likewise to be left between every division forty rods for 
highways, and what will be necessary to be left for highways, eastward and west 
through every division is to be left to the discretion of the measurers, and every one 
to have a proportion in the first and second division, and every one to have a pro- 
portion in the third division, and every householder to have a 50-lbb. allotment, and 
all others who are now the proper inhabitants of Hadley, sixteen years old and 
upwards, to hav a 25-lbb. allotment in said commons." In accordance with this 
order the most of this land was laid out in April, 1703, by Capt. Aaron Cook, Capt. 
Nehemiah Dickinson and Mr. Samuel Porter, town measurers. The precise date of 
the settlement of these lands is not known. A Mr. Foote, probably from Hatfield, 
is said to have built a shanty in the east part of the town prior to 1703. The loca- 
tion was a little north of the east Parish meeting house. He chose the spot, think- 
ing that he could subsist there by hunting and fishing, but failing to do so, he left, 
and, m commemoration of his tolly, the east part of the town was for many years 
called "Foote-foUy Swamp." On the 5th of January, 1730, the town of Hadley 
appointed men to lay out a burial place for the "East inhabitants." Zechariah d. 
January, 1738. Res. Amherst, Mass. 

314. i. EBENEZER, b. Aug. 8, 1709; invalid. Res. Conway. 

315. ii. REBECCA, b. about 1711; m., Jan. 13, 1737, Joseph Hawley, of 

Amherst. He d. about 1756. She d. and he m. 2d, 1753, Thank- 
ful Alexander. Res. Amherst. Ch. : 1. Araneth, bap. Decem- 
ber, 1739; m., 175S, Jonathan Scott, of Sunderland. 2. Joseph, 
b. July I, 1744; d. young. 3. Joseph, bap. Oct. 10, 1748. 
4. Abigail, d. 1758. 5- Rebecca, b. . 

316. iii. SARAH, b. March 18, 1714; m., January, 1736, Samuel Hawley, of 

Amherst. She d. 1796. He d. in the army, Dec. 15, 1750. Ch. : 
I. Anne. 2. Elijah; d. in the army, Nov. 30, 1756. 3. Sarah, m. 

Benjamin Backman and Hodden. 4. Zachariah, bap. April 

10, 1743; d. young. 5. John, bap. Dec. 28, 1746. 6. Miriam, 
bap. Jan. i, 1749. 7. Mehitable, m. David Hawley, of Amherst. 
8. Zechariah, bap. May 13, 1753; m. Rebecca Edwards; was a dea- 
con in Amherst, and died there June i, 1824. 

317. iv. MARY, b. Jan. 21, 1716. 

31S. v. JOHN, b. Jan. 12, 1718; m. Hannah Boltwood. 

210. DEACON SAMUEL FIELD (Samuel, Zechariah, John. John, Richard, 
William, William), b. Hatfield, Mass., Sept. 27, 1678; m.. Jan. 10, 1706, Mrs. Han- 
nah (Edv>7ards) Hoyt, b. Sept. 10, 1675; d. July 23, 1747. She was daughter of 
Joseph Edwards ; her husband, David Hoyt, was killed by the Indians in the Mea- 
dow fight. 

Samuel Field, son of Samuel and Sarah (Gilbert), was born in Hatfield, Mass., 


Sept. 27. 1678. He removed to Deerfield in 1706, where he died Aug. 25, 1762, aged 
eighty-three. He was one of the twenty-two men who came from Hatfield, that 
were engaged in the Meadow fight in the unsuccessful attempt to rescue the pris- 
oners taken at the destruction of Deerfield by the French and Indians, Feb. 29, 
1704. He was wounded in a fight with Indians, Aug. 25, 1725, near where the pres- 
ent depot in Greenfield now stands. A deacon and prominent man in town. He 
was granted by the general court, in 1736, 200 acres of land on the east line of 
Northfield, probably for military services. He married Mary, daughter of Joseph 
Edwards, of Northampton, and widow of David Hoyt, Jr., who was one of the nine 
men killed in the Meadow fight in trying to rescue the prisoners. 

On August 25, Deacon Samuel Field, Deacon Samuel Childs, Sergt. Joseph 
Severance, Joshua and John Wells and Thomas Bardwell left town to look 
after some cattle at Green liver farms, with but a single musket in the party. 
Crossing North Meadows, and the river, north of Pine Hill, up through Cheapside 
until the present town line was crossed, when a cow they were driving ran out of 
the path. She was followed by Deacon Childs, who soon discovered Indians in 
ambush, and gave the alarm, when they arose. The following is from an manu- 
script account of the affair by Rev. Stephen Williams, about 1730: 

Aug. 25, 1725, Deacon Samu Field, Deacon Samu Child, Sergt. Joseph Sev- 
erance, John Wells, Joshua Wells and Thomas Bardwell, went over Deerfd river 
to go to Green river farms, and they took a cow with them, designing to put her in 
a pasture; the Indians ambushed them, but Deacon Child, driving the cow, discov- 
ered them, and cried out, "Indians!" John Wells discharged his gun at an Indian, 
who fell upon his fireing. Dea Field, being at some distance trom the company, 
rode towards them, but the company being before separated from one another, re- 
treated towards the mill, and at a considerable distance from the hill they haltd, jt 
John Wells might load his gun, and then the Indians fird upon them, and wound 
Dea Samu Field, the ball passing through the right Hypocondria, cutting off 
three plails of the mysenteice; a gut hung out of the wound in length almost two 
inches, which was cut off even with the body; the bullet passing between the lowest 
and the next rib, cutting at its going forth part of the lower rib. His hand being 
close to his body when ye ball came forth, it entered at the root of the heel of ye 
thumb, cutting the bone of the forefinger, resting between the fore and second 
finger ; was cut out, and all the wounds through the blessing of God upon means 
were healed in less than five weeks by Dr. Thomas Hastings, whose death since 
ye war is a great frown upon us, etc. 

He d. Aug. 30, 1762. Res. Hatfield and Deerfield, Mass. 

319. i, ELIZABETH, b. April 16, 1707; m., Oct. 9, 1731. Moses Miller, of 


320. ii. SAMUEL, b. Feb. 20, 1709; d. Oct. 24, 1726. 

321. iii. EUNICE, b. May 29, 1714; m., Nov. 28, 1735, Joseph Smead. He 

was son of Ebenezer; was born 1713; was a maker of snow 
shoes in the French and Indian wars; removed to Pine Nook 
about 1764, and died about 1796. She d. June, 1792. Ch. : i. 
Mary, b. March 28, 1737; m. Abner Hawks and Enos Marsh. 2. 
Eunice, b. Sept. 28, 1738; m. John Clapp. 3. Ebenezer, b. March 
25, 1740; m. Mary Stebbins. 4. Joseph, b. Nov. 28, 1741. Rev- 
olutionary soldier, 1778; was a sergeant; died before 1785. 5. 
Oliver, b. Nov. 10, 1743; d. before 1784. 6. Catherine, b. June 8, 
1745; m. Oliver Root. 7. Susanna, b. Nov. 27, 1748; d. before 

322. iv. DAVID, b. Jan. 4, 1712; m. Mrs. Thankful (Taylor) Doolittle. 












323. V. EBENEZER, b. Oct. 2, 1723; d. Oct. 14, 1723. 

324. vi. THANKFUL, b. 1716; m., Nov. 28, 1739, Seth Heaton, of Keene. 

Ch. : I. Seth, b. Dec. 11, 1740. 2. Huldah, b. April 28, 1742. 3. 
Daniel, b. 1744. 

211. THOMAS FIELD (Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William, 
William), b. Hatfield, Mass., June 30, 1680; m., Oct. 4, 1713, Abigail Dickinson, 
daughter of Hezekiah and Abigail (Blackman), b. Dec. 8, 1690; d. June 20, 1775. 
Thomas Field, son of Samuel and Sarah (Gilbert), was born in Hatfield, Mass., 
June 3, x6So. He purchased, Dec. 23, 1703, a lot of land in Lebanon street. Re- 
corded in vol. i, p. 120, but there is no record of his ever having resided there. He 
removed about 1728 to Longmeadow, Mass.. where he died Feb. i, 1747. He was 
a useful man in town. He married Abigail, daughter of Hezekiah and Abigail 
(Blackman) Dickinson, of Hatfield. He d. Feb. i, 1747. Res. Hatfield and Long- 
meadow, Mass. 

325. i. ABAGAIL, b. Oct. 5, 1714; m. Nov. 14, 1754, Abial Abbott, of 

Windsor, Conn. She died Aug. 8, 1777, s. p. in Longmeadow. 
SAMUEL, b. May 10, 1718; d. Aug. 10, 1721. 
MOSES, b. Feb. 16, 1722; m. Rebecca Cooley and Mrs. Lydia 

SIMEON, b. April 25, 1731; m. Margaret Reynolds. 
SAMUEL, b. Oct. 10, 1725; m. Hannah Lord. 
SARAH, b. Nov. 28, 1728; d. unm. April 19, 1773. 

213. CAPTAIN ZECHARIAH FIELD (Samuel. Zechariah, John, John, Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Hatfield, Mass., Aug. 29, 1685; m., Dec. 31, 1711, Sarah 
Mattoon. She m., 2d, June 25, 1750, Deacon Samuel Childs. She died 
March 21, 1752. 

Zechariah Field, son of Samuel and Sarah (Gilbert), was born in Hatfield, Mass. 
He came to Deerfield in 1710. He removed in the spring of 1717 to Northfield, 
where he died. He was chosen ensign in December, 1717, after Lieut. Thomas 
Taylor was drowned, subsequently chosen Lieut, and in 1743, captain. In 1718 En- 
sign Zechariah Field built mills on Miller's brook, which were held by his heirs for 
many years. He built a house on his home lot, which was finished in 1724. In the spring 
of 1724 a mount was built at his house, which was brick lined, for a guard against 
Indian attacks. Upon the organization of the town, Jan. 15, 1723, he was chosen 
first selectman, and afterward generally held some important town office. In 1739 
he purchased, in company with Orlando Bridgman, for ;^5oo, of Colonel Stoddard, 
of Northampton, his farm of 100 acres in little meadow. He soon purchased Mr. 
Bridgman's share, and the place is known in modern times as the Field farm, and 
was lately owned and occupied by one of his descendants, Thomas J. Field. 

He was in the meadow fight, in Deerfield, in the attempt to rescue the captives, 
Feb. 29, 1704. He purchased, in 1720, of Pompanoot, son of Wawelet. 30,000 acres 
on Miller's river, at Payuayag (now Athol), for which he paid twelve pounds, being 
the balance of all the desirable land claimed by the Indians as original proprietors. 
His own petition to Governor Belcher best tells the story: 

' 'To His Excellency Jona Belcher, 

"It being represented to me that it would be for the interest of this Government 
to purchase the right of Pompanoot son of and heir to Wawelet one of the Chiefs 
among the Indians, of and in a large tract of land lying upon Millers River so called, 
at a place called Payuayag (Athol) of the contents of about 30,000 acres, bounded 
upon large falls on said river easterly, extending seven miles down the river, run- 
ning four miles southerly from ye sd. river, and two miles northerly. And your 


memorialist being intimately acquainted with the said Pompanoot, and consider- 
ing that if the land should not be bought of him before the English begun to make 
some settlement and build upon the sd land, he would afterwards demand a much 
higher price, than if bought before such improvement. 

' 'Your memorialist for the good of the country bought the sd land of sd Indian 
in the year 1720 for an inconsiderable sum, viz. twelve pounds, which is now of 
great worth. And the sd land by the authority of the Great and General Court has 
been lately granted for a Township to the English inhabitants. Though your 
petitioner has it under the hand of a great number of Indians that the sd land was 
the right of the said Pompanoot by virtue of a gift from his honored father Wawelet, 
yet is entirely satisfied that this grant of the Court should take place provided he 
be recompensed for the £\'2. advanced, with interest, or receive a part of said land. 

Northfield April 1733. Zechariah Field." 

In consideration of the aforesaid purchase, the general court allotted him for his 
trouble and money advanced, 800 acres of the land, which by running ot town lines 
tell mostly in New Salem. 

The general court afterward granted the same land to other parties, regardless 
of the first agreement. But being determined to maintain his rights, he was 
allotted land enough by the general court as they considered an equivalent, m 
Buckland, after several years had elapsed from the first allottment. He never 
considered he received an equivalent for his money and services, besides the an- 
noyance of following up officials. He married Sarah, daughter of Philip and Sarah 
(Hawks) Mattoon, of Deerfield, born April 25, 1687. She was one of that miserable 
company captured at Deerfield, Feb. 29, 1704, and was earned to Canada. After 
suffering incredible hardship she was ransomed and returned the next year. She 
was allowed by the probate court a share of the property of Mathew Clesson, who 
was killed in a fight with Indians in the meadow in 1709, she being engaged in 
marriage to him. 

He removed to Northfield in 1714. He paid the largest tax there in 1717, and 
the third largest in 1729. In 1729 he bought for ;^55o the land now known as the 
Field farm, at Northfield Farms. He held more land than anyone in town in 1733. 
That year he was granted by the general court 800 acres near Athol, in return for a 
purchase of 30,000 acres, bought from the Indians, in 1720, for £11, which shrewd 
purchase was not confirmed by the court. In 1717 and later was an ensign, ranging 
against the Indians; a militia captain in 1743; selectman in 1721, 1733 and 1738-4.2; 
town treasurer in 1739-41; a leading man in the church. 

In 1715 Zechariah Field was appointed surveyor of highways, and the follow- 
ing year a fence viewer. In 1716 he was on a committee "to inspect the minister's 
house, the building of the same and to appoint and procure workmen and materials, 
and take an account of all service and expense about said building, and render their 
account to said committee and by them allowed." 

In 1733 when it was well assured that Northfield was to stand, men who had 
ready cash began to invest it in lands in and around the plantation. Ensign 
Zechariah Field made a wholesale purchase. 

In 1717 he was chosen ensign in place of Thomas Taylor, who was drowned, and 
succeeded in command. June 7 of this year he purchased the home-lot of Thomas 
Leffingwell and wife, Mary. In 1723 he purchased the homestead of his brother's 
(Ebenezer's) heirs. In 1723, when the plantation was incorporated into a town, 
Mr. Field was elected one of the first selectmen. In 1724 the governor directed 
the forts at Northfield to be examined and repaired at once. By March 5 the Zech- 
ariah Field fort and mount were finished. The mounts were square towers, from 
fourteen to twenty feet high, fitted up for a sentry. Zechariah Field was sergeant 


in Captain Dwight's company in 1725. It often had engagements with the Indians 
on the frontier. The total amount of pay and subsistence of this company from 
May 19 to November 16 was ^1,139 4s. sd. Part of the time the company was at 
Fort Dummer. 

In 1729, in a rate for defraying the town and county charges levied on the polls 
and real and personal estates, Zechariah Field paid the third largest tax in a list of 
nearly fifty. 

In 1 731, in a division of lots, Ensign Field chose on lot below the first Beer's 
mountain, and the other on the plain, against and above Little Meadow, The lat- 
ter was laid out 160 rods long by 10 rods wide. 

In 1743 Zechariah Field was captam of the Northfield company in Col. John Stod- 
dard's Hamps^hire regiment of militia. This year the town voted to build four 
mounts, one at Captain Field's. His house was brick lined, and better for protec- 
tion on this account. 

Captain Field was selectman 1721-33-38-39-40-41-42. 

In October, 1672, the territory known by the Indian name of Squakheag, now 
the town of Northfield, was granted to certain individuals living mostly in North- 
ampton. The grant was a township equal to six miles square, not to exceed eight 
miles in length. The condition of the grant was that twenty families should settle 
within eighteen months. The General Court appointed Lieut. Wm. Clark, Wm. 
Holton, Lieut. Samuel Smith, Cornet Wm. Allys, and Isaac Graves a committee 
to lay out the plantation, and superintend the concerns of the proprietors, and it 
was enjoined upon them to lay out a farm of 300 acres of upland and meadow, for 
the use of the country, and to settle a minister so soon as twenty families should 
be gathered. The plantation was laid out the following year, as follows: "Begin- 
ning at a brook called Natanis, at the lower end of a meadow Nattahameongom, or 
Natanis (now Bennett's meadow), and running up the river eight miles, and extend- 
ing three-fourths of a mile from the river on the west side, and three miles and 
three-fourths of a mile on the east side." On September 9, 1673, a part of this 
territory, with a large additional tract on the west of the river, was purchased 
of the Indians. Soon after this, and during that year, several settlers from North- 
ampton, Hadley and Hatfield, came in, and built several houses, one of which was 

Northfield settlement took place during the inception of King Philip's war. The 
story of the Indian murders in Squakheag, the slaughter of Captain Beers and his 
men on their way to that settlement, and the forsaking of the plantation, has been 
fully told. 

It was not until after the passage of several years succeeding the conclusion of 
Philip's war, that the proprietors moved for a new settlement. In 1782, the sur- 
vivors of the original committee, and others, petitioned the General Court that the 
limits of the Squakheag grant might be extended, so as to bound southerly on Stony, 
or Four-mile brook. Their petition was granted on condition that forty families 
should settle in the town within three years; and as some of the committee had 
died, a new committee was appointed to take their place. In 1684 the village was 
laid out upon the same ground, and in the same form, as it now exists. The lots 
were laid out twenty rods in width, and a reservation was made for highways ten 
rods in width, through and across the village. In 1685, a number of families 
returned to the plantation, built a few houses, and erected a block house. At a 
meeting of the committee the same year, lots were granted to thirty-two persons, 
and it was ordered that every person who had sixty acres of interval land should 
settle two inhabitants upon it. It was agreed also that all the proprietors should 
be on their lands, with their families, on or before May 10, 16S6, or forfeit their 


grants. Deeds of all the territory and much besides seem to have been given by 
certain Indians after this. 

The settlement went on prosperously for a year or two, when, in 1689, came on 
King William's war. The settlers saw that their strength was small, that their 
situation was the most northern in the colony, and thus peculiarly exposed to the 
incursions of the French and Indians from the north ; and burying their most valu- 
able goods in a well, a few rods south-easterly of the present meeting house, -they 
left their dwellings tenantless, and with their wives and children, fled to Hadley. 
This withdrawal was destined to be a long one. Queen Anne's war followed soon, 
and it was not until February, 1713, that, in accordance with a petition to the Gen- 
eral Court, of Joseph Parsons, John Ljmian and others, the Squakheag grant was 
revived. The act appointed Samuel Partridge, John Pynchon (the second), Samuel 
Porter, John Stoddard and Henry Dwight, a committee to determine on the rights 
of claimants, under the old grant, and to join them with others, preference being 
given in all cases to the descendants of the original planters and grantees. The 
committee were empowered to make their allotments, and required to reserve 250 
acres of land to be at the disposition of the government. The grant was based on 
the provision that forty families should be settled within three years, and that they 
procure and settle a learned and orthodox minister, "the town to be named North- 
field," and to "lye to the County ot Hampshire." On April 14, 1714, sixteen per- 
sons appeared before the committee and proved their claims in the right of their 
ancestors, and three in their own rights, and entered mto articles ot agreement. 


Of the Sack of Deerfield by the Indians in 1704, of the Captivity of Sarah 
Mattoon, of her two Lovers, and of her Return Years After. 

[Written by Mary Field for the 'Sunday, Springfield, Mass., Republican, December 3, 1899.] 

It was February, 1 704. The snow-clad hills that encircled the frontier town ot 
Deerfield stood peacefully and solemnly lookmg down on the broad valley. Sarah 
Mattoon, a girl ot seventeen summers, had climbed to the top of a low foot-hill near 
to her father's house, and stood looking over the settlement as it lay shining in the 
snow. How she loved the winter with its sparkle and cold, its delicate, tender 
beauty ! Surely heaven and earth were never more beautiful than to-night ! 

Nor was Sarah less than beautiful with her glowing color and deep brown eyes, 
clad in her simple homespun gown and hood. After a long stint of spinning she 
had escaped for a few minutes' run over the crust. Shunning the village street, 
she sped through the home lot to the apple trees on the slope. She sought vainly to 
find relief from the weight of perplexity and pain that grew and grew within her as 
she spun. It was but two days since she had promised Matthew Clesson to be his 
wife, and already those two days were an eternity,— and more terrible. To-morrow 
he would return from Northampton, and she must meet him. How could she meet 
him? How could she bear his distress and pain? Dear, good, gentle Matthew, 
whom she loved so much — yet not enough. 

"I can never, never explain it in this wide, dreary world!" How dreary and 
lonely the world seemed to Sarah on a sudden ! The sun was setting in the midst 
of rising clouds, and the wind grew colder. An oppressive sense of real or fancied 
danger came over her. Was it so? Were there savages lurking behind those far- 
off hills, or nearer, close at hand? She was rash to have come so far from the 
settlement, but misery knows no fear. And danger? What was danger to her woe? 

But she drew her cloak about her and hurried home, entering the long, low liv- 


ing room, lit by the glowing wood fire. How the firelight flickered and danced over 
the brown boards of the walls and floor, gleaming on the great rafters overhead and 
reflecting a cozy home-like glow on all it touched ! 

It was supper time, and Sarah was soon busily stirring the bubbling kettle ot 
hominy that hung over the coals, then dipping it out into porringers and bowls and 
helping the children to pour the precious milk from the great blue pitcher brought 
through so many perils from safer shores. She went on fulfilling one after another 
the ceaseless round of evening duties, — seeing that the boys brought in great armfuls 
of wood, brushing up the broad hearth, turning the settle to the fire and tucking 
the youngest child into the low red cradle in the corner. At length all was settled 
and secure for the night. 

"Sally," said her mother, as she took up her knitting in the chimney corner, 
"if ye ain't afeer'd o' the dark ye ken go and tell Rebecca I'll be up and help her in 
the mornin' wi' the weaving. Ye ken stay the night, too, if ye like, and mind to 
assist Rebecca if ye do. She's frail, poor thing. It's hard on Philip. I alius told 
him — " 

Here Sarah interrupted: "I'll go right off, mother, 'twill be dark soon. Good- 
night, mother." 

And glad to get out again, she undid the great door and stepped forth. She 
paused a moment on the broad door stone to look at the sky. The stars were few 
and faint and the rising wind was from the south and chill, and full of eerie whis- 
perings. The bare branches of the trees tossed and creaked in the wind, darkly 
silhouetted against snow and sky. As Sarah went on a tall figure met her. 

"Sarah!" — "Zechariah!" There was silence for a moment until the girl said, 
sharply, "Zechariah Field, what do you here?" 

"Nay, Sarah, be not so hard. Verily, the fiercest foe is easier met than you in 
anger. Yet why be angry? I did but pause an instant to cheer my loneliness with 
the chinks of light between the shutters of your home. Do you know what it is to 
have no home? Nay, do not interrupt me. Where are you going? I care not. 
Surely heaven sent you forth to me, waiting so long for speech with you. Do not 
turn away, why be unkind to me? May I not ask you once in all these weary 
months why you avoid all friendliness with me? 'Tis strange. 'Tis past all my 
experience of God's mercies that you should so rebuff me. I, who loved you from 
the hour I met you yonder on the hill slope as I found my way hither up the great 
river and across the mountain. Do you recall it, Sarah, that spring day? The 
sweet pink flowers I'd gathered pleased you then. You were so kind, courteous, 
yet homelike as a sister in gentleness and spirit. Was it nought to you, that meet- 

Seeking to detain her, the young man seized Sarah's hand. He found her 
trembling like a slender aspen, and drawing her arm within his led her to the next 
home lot, where a new house was rising, and made her sit upon a great felled tree. 

"I must not, I must not!" she protested, striving to go. 

"No, Sarah — no, you shall not go, you must hear me. The times are ominous 
and fearful. Who knows what moment we may be set upon, slaughtered, or widely 
separated? No, dear heart, do not shudder so; all things are bearable, but two 
things help to make them so; the love of God and love of you. Ah, if you love me, 
Sarah, what is life or death?" 

But Sarah drew herself deep in her cloak and dropped her head upon her knees 
and shook with sobs, yet spoke no word. 

Zechariah bent over her. "And, Sarah, if it be not so; if you have no love in 
your heart for me, nor ever had, nor will have, say so; tell me. I can bear it, and 
(heaven help me) love you still. Ah, is it so? Is my dream with all its miracle of 


sweetness but a dream and not the blest reflection of some deeper bond? Sarah — 
tell me, tell me truly! Arm me with desperation, if not with love." 

But no sound broke the silence of the night, save the swaying branches over- 
head rustling in the wind. 

"Look up, Sarah, speak to me! just one word." 

In vain she strove to speak, she rose to her feet struggling to overcome her 
emotion, but Zechariah drew her to him and soothed and hushed her like a little 
child, until at last she freed herself and said resolutely: — 

"No, Zechariah, no — I have no right to let you love me. I have told Matthew 
I would be his wife." 

Zechariah started with a low cry. "Sarah, — Sarah!" — he turned away, but 
again returned to her. 

"And do you love him, Sarah? 1 will be silent if you tell me that." 

Her breath came quick; without looking up she repeated: "I have told Mat- 
thew I would be his wife." 

She turned to go, but Zechariah seized her hand. 

"You must not go, you shall not leave me so. Your words are arrows, but 
vour voice trembles and breaks with tenderness — for whom? for what? Oh, is it 
not for me? Think, Speak ! I shall be loving you always and ever, and will you 
not give me one little word of kindness or of pity?" 

Sarah burst into tears "Pity — pity. Oh, Zechariah ! 'tis I who need your pity ! 
May God help us! My life must be a desert and a waste, with but one gleam of 
brightness far away — that you have loved me — grudge it not to me, I will be worthy 
of it if I live; now I must go." 

But Zechariah clasped his arms firmly about her. "Not so, Sarah, 'tis not so. 
You are not Matthew's, you are mine. You love me — 'tis all I ask. No power in 
heaven or earth should part us. I may be poor and Matthew rich, but " 

Sarah stopped him. 

"Oh, Zechariah, you cannot think it that; you do not. Blest were captivity 
with you to all that England's safest, stateliest home could be without you; oh, my 

She clung to Zechariah now and her story came bursting forth like some pent- 
up mountain brook whose splash and foam and hurrying eddies hide its onward 
course, so overwrought with tears was her tale. 

"Oh, Zechariah, when you came two years ago, upon that day — but, no — I 
cannot speak of that — heaven opened with your eyes meeting mine. I loved you 
from that moment, and I soon knew I loved you, but that you should love me 
seemed as far away as the blue sky above me. So I strove against it, and rebelled ; 
it may be in that struggle I was rude to you." 

"Indeed you were," he broke in; "a wild rose set with thorns I found you, but 
I loved you all the same." 

"Then," Sarah went on, "you drew to Betty, beautiful Betty. We were insep- 
arable, Betty and I — I see it now — but then I did not dream but that 'twas she you 
sought. I was so miserable, so unhappy, and Matthew all along was kind, too kind 
to me, though truth to tell, I think 'twas Betty he first loved." 

"Aye, verily," Zechariah interrupted angrily, "and Mistress Betty, not so shy 
as you, saw through it all. 'Twas not so difficult tor her to blind your eyes, to throw 
you and Matthew together, and take the hand held out to you. Ah, but she did 
forget that I had eyes and that, though they might see the beauty and bloom of the 
stately damsel, it was the sweet shy rose they dwelt upon." 

"Yet she loved you," Sarah went on. "Her whole mind was set upon you, 
that I knew full well. Ah, what an endless struggle did I have to keep my patience 


and to curb my tongue. Once — once long ago, it flashed over me that it was me 
you loved. How that brief flash illumined all my sky ! and yet I would not, could 
not, heed it or believe it. When shall we learn to listen to those deep-hidden mes- 
sages? Meanwhile, confusion grew among us, Matthew, Betty, you and me; and 
but one word was plain— to promise Matthew I would be his wife, making his hap- 
piness, helping hers, and perhaps yours; nor did I fancy my misery could be greater 
till 'twas done two days ago, since when I have known but torture and slow death 
— would it were death indeed!" 

Sarah became silent; Zechariah, deep in thought, did not speak for many min- 
utes. At length he said: — 

"And can you marry Matthew feeling so? Can you — " she interrupted him. 
"Nay, Zechariah, nay. I cannot. I but wait his coming to tell him so. I told him 
I did not, could not love him as I should, as I wished, but he said it mattered not 
to him ; it would come by and by ! But no, no, 1 should hate him were I wed to 
him. I'll do him no such wrong.— dear, gentle soul! But, Zechariah, how can I 
be yours? Surely, not now." 

"But, dearest, we can wait," he whispered. "Aye, verily I can live for many 
a weary day glad in the thought that you have loved me all these years, and you 
will love me still?" 

Sarah could not speak, she suffered him to draw her to him and kiss her sol- 
emnly, — "sealing thus," he said, "our love tor future time." 

The curfew was ringing and they hurried reluctantly to the stockade, and Zech- 
ariah left Sarah at her brother's door. 

It was late before Sarah slept, but at length, youth and health conquered the 
tumult of thought within her. Her rest was brief. Horrible sounds awoke her, 
screams of terror, blood-curdling howls, rang in her ears; a fierce red glare lit up 
the blackness of night and shone into the low-rattered attic where she slept. She 
sprang up, trembling, yet resolute. Rushing downstairs she roused her brother: — 

"Philip! Philip! the Indians — the Indians! Give me your gun! I'll hold the 
door a moment while you fly with Rebecca and the babe." 

But as she spoke the heavy door was battered down and a wild horde of Indians 
entered. Seizing Philip, despite his desperate resistance, they bound him, also 
Sarah; then turning to Philip's wife and seeing her unfit for the journey they 
instantly tomahawked her before her husband's very eyts and their little child like- 
wise. Plundering the house of all they coveted, they set it on fire, dragging Sarah 
and Philip away to a neighboring house where they gathered men, women and 
children bound and captive. 

Here, wild with grief and terror, helpless to aid or alarm, they were forced to 
witness slaughter and ruin until their hideous captors, satiated and fearful of further 
delay, summoned them to march unwillingly forth out into the wilderness of snow 
and ice. Desolate, desperate, scarcely knowing who was living and who dead, they 
were driven mercilessly onward in the cheerless gray of the morning. 

Vainly did Sarah search the long, straggling band of captives for Zechariah's 
erect, fine figure. He was not among them. For a moment she rejoiced, then came 
a deadly fear that he was slain ; and thus, torn between hope and despair, yet sus- 
tained by invincible courage, she struggled on. When Philip, maddened beyond 
endurance, became so unmanageable that the Indians murdered him, poor Sarah 
sank down beside him, ready to share his fate, but the appeal of Mary Field, Zech- 
ariah's uncle's wife, to help her to carry her little son of three years, roused her 
once more; and with greatest exertions she succeeded in carrying him until her sav- 
age master, moved by her indomitable pluck, took pity on her and put the child 
upon the sledges. 


From Mary Sarah learned of the brave fight Zechariah and his uncle had made 
to save her and the children, escaping only at the last minute, and sallying forth 
from the fort after the departing enemy, following them persistently and perilously 
till summoned back to the defense of the remaining few. Sarah learned, too, of the 
safety of her own family. Thankful beyond measure, Sarah strove to comfort the 
poor mother whose baby had been ruthlessly torn from her, and thus cheenng each 
other as best they could they journeyed on ; now many, now few, meeting and part- 
ing some to meet no more. Over the frozen river, along whose icy tracks they 
moved swiftly, over desolate wooded mountains, through forest and fastness for 
300 miles they struggled on.' Near the end of the journey Sarah fell in with Betty 
Hurst, — beautiful Betty, already learning to banter a few French words with the 
young Canadians, ^amusing and subduing her captors with her playful and vain 
childishness. She greeted Sarah eagerly and soon began talking of Zechariah and 
Matthew, contrasting them with the gay young Frenchmen. 

This was too much for Sarah. Matthew took possession of her. Was it for this 
freakish, flippant child she had sacrificed her love and bound herself to Matthew? 
For, stern Puritan that Sarah was, she felt herself bound still to Matthew. How 
painfully she longed to tell him of her mistake that she might conscientiously love 
Zechariah! And now a new terror came over her, Matthew would proclaim her his 
at home. Indeed, he might venture forth to redeem her. Now despair succeeded 
to wrath ; she heard Betty's hopeful chatter ot home-going, but vaguely, distantly 
— to go home would be to face a more fearful dilemma than now confronted her. 

Thus torn and tossed by miserable thoughts, too rigid to accept any easier view 
of her curious relations to Matthew, Sarah was led to hide herself among the Indians 
of the tribe who took her, refusing to avail herself of any chance of exchange or 
redemption, and becoming gradually an Indian in dress and manners, she acquired 
much of their self-control and dignity, and grew strong in the free outdoor life and 
often outdid the squaws in wildwood accomplishments. 

For five years she dwelt among the Indians, alone and lonely. It chanced one 
June day at the end of this time that she sat a little apart from the other women, 
mending a net on the shore of the broad St. Lawrence. The day was cloudless and 
still. Suddenly a great white river bird rose up from the reeds of the shore and 
hung for a moment poised over the water close to Sarah. She looked up, startled, 
and then, entranced by his beauty, she watched his flight upward into the shimmer- 
ing, shining blue, and as he rose up, up, up into the glorious sky, she sprang to her 
feet, exclaiming: — 

"Home — home! I must go home!" 

As if a weight were lifted from her heart, the rushing river, the rising bird, 
seemed to inspire her. All in one moment she saw the pity of her fate, the desolate 
years to come, afar from kith and kin, alone among savages. 

Her eyes were opened anew to the beauty and gladness of the world The net 
she was mending dropped from her hand, catching as it fell on wild rose bushes 
which she now saw encircled the spot where she had been sitting. The blushing 
blossoms looking up to her brought sweetest memories. Without an instant's pause 
she sprang to her canoe, and seizing the paddle pushed out and sped away out on to 
the breast of the great, friendly river. She would trust to its throbbing current and 
her own strong arm to bear her to Quebec. 

Once in Quebec she would be safe from pursuit, and but one day's journey 
should bring her there. 

So on and on she went, fearful yet brave, revolving many things in her mind 
as the paddle dipped and redipped to the water. In after years Sarah never dwelt 
upon this journej' in recounting her adventures. Too much suspense and strain 


were crowded into those few hours of incessant labor and fear. When at last the 
great, crown -like city appeared far away in the mists ot the morning, joy almost 
overcame all Sarah's precautions, and, ceasing to paddle, she was lost m relief and 
delight. But chancing to glance behind her, she beheld, to her horror, four well- 
guided canoes just coming mto view way up the river. Redoubling every effort 
and keeping close to the yet dusky shores, she succeeded in reaching the landing 
before she was perceived. As she jumped from her canoe her pursuers discovered 
her, and a wild yell rose from them, but friendly Canadians surrounded her and she 
was soon safely hidden in the convent's shelter. And here, worn out in mind and 
body, she lay ill of a fever for weeks and months. When Sarah at length slowly 
recovered she knew no way to show her gratitude to the good sisters but to remain 
and serve them, and so nearly two years elapsed from the time ot her sudden flight 
before all negotiations were ended and she really embarked for home. 

With what strangely mingled feeling did she travel homeward, the only Deer- 
field captive now returning. Landing at Boston she journeyed to Northampton 
with a train of wagons bearing goods to the settlements, only one wagon and its 
convoy continuing up the river to Hatfield and Deerfield. 

The long May day was drawing |to a close as they left Northampton. The 
slanting rays of the sun fell softly on the valley and crept gently up the eastern 
hills. Familiar outlines came in sight, familiar song birds filled the evening air. 
A joy so deep as to be painful came over Sarah; she was wrapt in contemplation 
and emotion, and heeded not the approach of a horseman until she heard a voice 
that sent the warm blood rushing to her heart, ask eagerly, "Does Mistress Sarah 
Mattoon journey with you?" 

A moment later Sarah was helped from the heavy wagon and trembling like a 
leaf was mounted behind Zechariah. His strong gray horse bore them swiitly for- 
ward, leaving the wagon lumbering along in the distance. As the woods shut them 
from view Zechariah turned and kissed her, looking deep into her eyes. 

"Sarah! my Sarah! God be praised!" 

And Sarah could not speak, she clung to him, and for many minutes they jour- 
neyed on in silence. 

At length, as it to emphasize his thankfulness, Zechariah said: "And, Sarah, 
until one month ago we all believed you dead." He paused and then resumed. 
"Not one word or trace of you could be obtained in all these seven years. In vain 
did Ensign Sheldon search for you. You were reported dead when he was first in 
Canada, and on his second visit no news at all seemed truly to verify the tale, and 
yet we marveled greatly that he could gain no certain news. Night after night have 
I pondered over this, ill sati-sfied and restless, often rising from a sleepless night 
determined to seek you afar off through the forest. Scarce could the elders keep us 
from the quest. How was it, Sarah? How did those barbarous, bloodthirsty crea- 
tures so conceal you?" 

Alas for Sarah, she could not meet his eye; she turned her face away full ot 
remorse for his long years ot suffering. 

"Ah, Zechariah, blame them not. 'Twas I whose cowardice kept me prisoner 

He started and looked strangely at Sarah. She went on: "You cannot com- 
prehend it? Oh, my love ! — A great weight lay upon my heart. I was still bound to 
Matthew by my word, yet all my heart was yours, and as each day deepened my 
love for you so seemed to strengthen the dreaded bond to him, and this it was that 
kept me in the wigwams of the Indians. Can you forgive me, Zechariah?'.' 

He clasped her hand tighter and she continued ; — 


"There came a day when suddenly courage came tome. My heart said all 
would be well and I arose and turned me homeward unto you." 

Again she looked into his face and once more the joy of meeting silenced all 
words, all thought. 

The sun had set and the young moon hung brilliant in the clear western sky 
dipping downward to the dark horizon. To the north rose the great red rock of the 
Lequamps, rising abruptly in the midst ot the wide valley. Here they left the Con- 
necticut and entered the Pocumtuck valley. As they rode on Sarah told Zechariah 
of her life with the Indians, of the terrible winter march to Canada, of Betty 
Hurst and her approaching marriage to a young Canadian, of her own long illnesss 
and the strange homeward voyage. Again and again she strove to ask for Mat- 
thew, and again and again her courage failed, and it was not until they were 
nearing the settlement that she finally asked faintly: "And Matthew — what of 

Very quietly Zechariah pointed to the low bank above the meadows where the 
village dead lay sleeping. 

"He lies there — killed by the Indians." 

And turning his horse from the highway he rode thither. No word was spoken. 
The familiar path, the nestling village beneath the hill, the warm presence ot Zech^ 
ariah filled Sarah's heart with keenest joy, yet the thought of Matthew overcame 
all these, and as they dismounted and entered the burying-ground her tears were 
falling like a soft, warm rain on a gloomy October day. As they stood beside the 
long, low mound, Zechariah said gently: — 

"He loved you, Sarah, to the end, deeply and generously. Through all those 
anxious years we were the best of friends, and, strange to say, the common bond of 
lovmg you bound us together." 

"And did he know?" asked Sarah wonderingl}'. 
"He knew that I loved you — not that you loved me." 

Sarah stopped to trace the letters on the low headstone, brushing aside a wild 
rosebush which grew beside it. 

"Zechariah," she whispered: — "You planted this?" 
"I did," he assented. "'Twas all I had to give. " 
Then bj^ the moon's light Sarah read: — 

"Matthew Clesson. 

Aged 30. 

Killed by ye Indians June 9, 1709." 

"June 9," she repeated. "June g?" She started to her feet with a cry: 

"Zechariah! It was June 9 that I left the Indians, — June 9 of 1709 that I turned 

homeward, home to you." 

Again Sarah saw the majestic river, the vivid Canadian sunlight, and the great 
white bird vanishing into the sky. Again the thrill of her joy and freedom came 
over her. She turned to Zechariah. He, too, was gazing into the sky as if he saw 
a vision. Long they stood there, silent, wondering. Trembling, Sarah laid her 
hand upon his arm. At her touch he drew her to him and folded her to his breast, 
saying with awed voice: — 

"He sent you! Oh, my love! He sent you home to me!" 

A deeper, holier joy was added to them, a greater peace fell upon them; the 
long years ot pain and separation were as naught, and life was glad and good and 
love was ever new. 

He d. Aug. 15, 1746. Res., Hatfield, Deerfield and Northfield, Mass. 
331. i. SETH, b. Sept. 28, 1712; m. Susanna Doolittle. 


332. ii. CATHERINE, b. Feb 11, 1715; m. prob, inNorthfield, Mass., Capt. 
Simon Willard. of Winchester, N. H. 

Eliza Francena Dwinnell, born at Ashburnham, Worcester 
county, Mass., Jan. 15, 1844; married Charles Henry Chandler, at 
Fitchburg, Mass., Aug. 17, 1868; died at Ripon, Fond du Lac 
county, Wis., Oct. 28, 1894. A member of the Congregational 
church. Two children, born at Yellow Springs, Greene county, 
O. Ch. : I. Elwyn Francis Chandler, b. Aug. 29, 1872. 2 Edith 
Beatrice Chandler, b. Feb. 26, 1881. Present permanent address 
of both is Ripon, Wis. He is professor of mathematics in Ripon 
College. Her father's name, Hiram Dwinnell, born at Sutton, 
Mass., Feb. 28, 1808. married March 11, 1835, Charlotte Adelia 
Willard, who was born at Ashburnham, Mass., Jan. 26, 181 5. 
Both died at Ashburnham, Mass., he March 24, 1874; she 
Jan. 22, 1854. He was a worker in wood. The other children 
besides Eliza F., all born in Ashburnham, Mass., were Marcus 
Morton Dwinnell. born November, 1S37; died Nov. 25, 1876; 
daughter, L. Grace Dwinnell, 42 Vine street, Leominster, Mass. 
He married about 1867 a Miss Buraham, of Putney, Vt., who died 
soon after birth of daughter named above. Jonas Willard Dwin- 
nell, born April, 1840; married, ist. Nov. 19, 1867, Sarah E. 
Pierce, who died Nov. 2, 1880. He married, 2nd, Sept, 17, 
1886, Mary E. Casey. One daughter by first marriage, Minnie E., 
born 1869; died June, 1S84. He was a member of Twenty-first 
regiment Massachusetts volunteers, and lost an arm at Fredericks- 
burg. I am uncertain as to his present address, as he is unable to 
work, and changes his residence frequently. A short time ago 
he was in Winchendon, Mass. Waldo Wilson Dwinnell. born 
August, 1842; was in the Twenty-first regimnet Massachusetts 
volunteers; captured in battle of the Wilderness, and died in 
Andersonville prison, 1864. Minerva Dwinnell, born Sept. 3, 1847; 
died April 16, 1S62. The brothers and sisters ot Hiram Dwinnell 
were Cyrus, who removed to Cleveland, O., long ago, and was 
lost sight ot ; Polly, who married Leonard Davis, of Oxtord, Mass. , 
and died in 1866; Lucy, who married William Wilson, of Shore- 
ham, Vt., and has been long dead; Sale.m, who died young; Alice, 
who married James M. Bailey, ot Ticonderoga, N. Y., and died in 
1839; Eliza, who married William G. Willson, ot Shoreham, Vt., 
and is probably still living, but very low in health, so that her 
present address of which I am not quite certain, would be useless. 
She has no hving children. Hiram Dwinnell was the son ot 
Abraham and Mehitable (Rich) Dwinnell, both of whom were bom 
in Sutton, Mass., he Feb. 13, 17731 she Dec. 6, 1778. He died 
Nov. 5, 1814, at Sutton, I think. She died at Ashburnham, Mass., 
May 31, 1862, being then the widow ot Stephen Hayward, whom 
she married after her first husband's death. Abraham Dwinnell 
was the son of Henry and Hannah (Daggett) Dwinnell. Henry 
Dwinnell was the son of Jonathan and Mehetable (Kennay) Dwin- 
nell. Charlotte Adelia Willard was the daughter of Jonas and Ruth 
Hall (Lincoln) Willard, ot Ashburnham, Mass., where he was born 
May 2, 1786, and died April 17, 1854. The mother, daughter ot 
Lot and Sally (Hathaway) Lincoln, was born at Dighton, Mass., 



Feb. 29, 1792, and died at Ashburnham, Mass., [uly co, 1857. 
Jonas Willard was a farmer. He was the son of John and Sara 
(Willard) Willard. He, John, was born at Harvard, Mass., July 
26, 1739, and died at Ashburnham, Mass., July 3, 1793. She was 
born at Winchester, N. H., Nov. 16, 1746. and died at Ashburn- 
ham, Mass., Nov. 18, 1S34. They were cousins, he being the son 
of Henry and Abigail (Fairbanks) Willard, and she the daughter 
ot Captain Simon and Catherine (Field) Willard, the fathers being 
sons ot Henry and Abigail (Temple) Willard. grandsons of Henry 
and Mary (Lakin) Willard, and great-grandsons ot Major Simon 
Willard of colonial reputation and his third wife, Mary Dunster. 

Capt. Simon Willard, who married Catherine Field, was prob- 
ably born in Lancaster, Mass., in 1709; baptized there April 24, 
1709. He was one of the proprietors of Winchester, N. H., one of 
the selectmen, town -treasurer, often presided at the tovirn meetings, 
was at Fort Dummerfrom February to July, 1748, in the company 
commanded by Capt. Josiah Willard, and was himself a captain 
afterward. He died in Winchester, March 10, 1757. His wife 
survived him. They had nine children. 

GAIUS, b. April 2, 1716; m. Sarah Holton. 

EBENEZER, b. June 11, 1717; m. Abigail Holton. 

SAMUEL, b. July 6, 1719; m. Abigail Field. 

PAUL, b. Jan. 23, 1721; m. Christian Hubbard. 

SARAH, b. Nov. 4, 1713; d. April 23, 1722. 

SILAS, b. July 4, 1722; d. Sept. 23, 1722. 

RUFUS, b. April 10, 1724; d. Sept. 19, 1724. 

ZECHARIAH, b. July 22, 1726; d. Sept. 13, 1726. 

EBENEZER FIELD (Samuel, Zechariah. John, John, Richard, William, 
William), b. Hatfield, Mass.. March 17, 1688; m. 1714. Elizabeth Arms, daughter of 
William; she m., 2d, Azariah Wright. She was b. 1695; d. Oct. i, 1772. Ebenezer 
Field, son of Samuel and Sarah (Gilbert), b. in Hatfield, Mass. He settled 
about 1710 in Deerfield. Being oftered a house lot, he removed in 1717 to 
Northfield, where he was engaged working at his trade, being a blacksmith and 
gunsmith. One of his charges to his brother Zechariah is four shillings and six- 
pence for repairing Pompanoots gun, with which he probably fought the white in- 
habitants. There is a tradition in the famliy that being mistaken by the guard in 
the twilight for an Indian while pitching peas into his barn, was fired upon and 
wounded in the hip. There being no surgeon in Northfield, he was taken to Deer- 
field for treatment, and wearied by the journey, he died before his wound could be 
dressed. He married Elizabeth, daughter of William and Joanna (Hawks) Arms, 
of Deerfield, b. 1695. She married, 2d, Jan. 27, 1727, Azariah Wright, of Northfield. 
She d. in a fit Oct., 1772, aged 77. She was noted school teacher in Northfield and 
vicinity. Feb. 23. 1720, the committee of the town granted to Ebenezer Field and 
others "the stream upon Bennett's brook, for a saw mill, with the lands that may 
be necessary for ponding and to lay logs by the same; in case they build it by May 
come twelvemonth and improve the mill from that time forward for their own and 
the town's benefit and service." The property is now known as Sawyer's Mills. 

Dry Swamp, which was in brushwood in 1673, had become well timbered with 
oak and had pine in 17 14. This was east of the Great Swamp and was lotted out 
in the settlement of 17 14 and given to those who did not have a share in the Great 
-Swamp. The tracts given contained a little over five acres, except Ebenezer 




















Field's, which contained over ten acres. This larger piece was given to him, be- 
cause, being a blacksmith, he needed abundance of charcoal. 

An old account book ot his is in existence which was kept by him from 1721-23. 
He often did work for the Indians, and especially for Pompanoot, son and heir of 
Wawelot. Some of the charges read as follows: 

March, 1722. To mending Pompanoot's gun 4s. 

To 2 steel traps and mending a gun lock for the Indians £1 5s. 

To my wife making an Indian shirt 8d. 

To doing work for the Indians on j-our (his brother Zechariah's) acct 16s. 

This shows the relation of the two races in time of peace. When the war 
broKe out, the Indian at once used his repaired gun. 

When Mr. Field moved to Northfield from Deerfield, he settled on the lot then 
held by the Patterson heirs — Jonathan Patterson having died in 1 718— which he 
afterwards brought. This was later known as the "Landlord Field Place." He 
put up a shop in the street, after the custom of those times. He "finished his 
house" in the winter of 1721. After his death in 1723 the shop was sold to Deacon 
Samuel Smith, who moved it down to the "old meeting oak." 

Up to the year 1721 no forts had been built in Northfield village. One or two 
houses were brick-lined, and one building used as a guard room. The garrison 
soldiers, when not on duty, lived with the inhabitants. The war which threatened 
for more than a year and which broke out in the eastern frontiers in June, natural!}- 
alarmed the people and immediate measures were taken to prepare for the worst. 
In the course of the summer two forts were begun and wholly or partially com- 
pleted. One stood on Zechariah Field's lot. These were not strongly built works. 
Probably the mounts were only partially finished. This fort was surrounded by 
a stockade. The following year the sentry stationed in the mount shot Mr. Field. 
It was in the dusk of the evening, and he mistook him for an Indian.* 

Mr. Field was an excellent smith, and so invited his removal to Northfield. It 
cannot be seen how the inhabitants managed to get along the previous years with- 
out an artisan of this kind, as all their tools in daily use, such as axes, shears, nails, 
hoes, plowshares, loom-irons, cranes and trammels and hog-rings were of wrought 
iron and made by the smith. 

Some entries from Dr. and Cr. taken from Mr. Field's book for 172 1-2 will 
give an idea of the prices, and the workday aspect of things in the little frontier vil- 
lage, and are quite interesting: 


By fetching a load of coal from Dry brook £0. 5.0 

" a bushel of malt 0.3.6 

I " harrowing my flax ground o. i.o 

" making hay one day 0.2.6 

' ' team to draw tar to Deerfield 2 days o. 8.0 

" team getting candle wood >^ day 0.2.0 

I. " horse to drag my home lot one day o. i.o 

' ' a quarter of venison 1 9 lbs o. 3. 2 

" reaping at Moore plain i day 0.3.0 

" Jany.. Sledding hay trom Benncts meadow 0.5.0 

" breaking flax one day 0.2.0 

" 6 bushels Indian corn 0.12.0 

* In the dusk of evening Mr. Field was standing on his shed pitchine peas, which were 
passed up to him from the cart below and out of sight, into the barn window. The sentry caught 
a glimpse of the wads as they were rapidly tossed into the window, and thinkmg the Indians 
were leaping stealthily into the barn for mischief, instantly fired, mortally wounding Mr. Field. 
— Deacon Phineas Field. 



By a boy to pull flax one day 0.1.6 

" bushels of turnips 0.4.6 

" malting 7;^ bushels barley 0.3.6 

" I bushel of wheat 0.5.6 

" horse to go huckle-berrying 0.0.6 

" a bottle ot rhum 0.2.0 

" March, 1721, Step, Crowfoot work finishing my house 0.2.6 


To shoeing a horse round ;^o.3.6 

sharping pair of plow-irons o. i.o 

my oxen to work one day o. i.o 

making 4 hog-rings 0.0.4 

" a trammel 0.7.0 

' ' a clevis and pin o. 5. 8 

" 36 hatchel teeth 0.3.0 

sharpening a plow-share 0.0.8 

" a coulter 0.0.4 

laying an axe 0.3.0 

making a steel trap 0.16.0 

' ' a hoe o. 4. 6 

one sett of loom-irons and spindle o. lo.o 

7 pigs at 7 weeks old i. 5.0 

4 lbs. of hops 0.4.0 

a wapanock skin 0.3.8 

3 fox skins and ^ a woolang skin 0.13.6 

my wife's making an Indian's shirt 0.0.8 

I quart of honey 0.2.0 

making a gun lock and two screw pins for ye Indians 0.2.6 

At the first two meetings in Northfield in June, 1723— just fifty years after its 
first settlement — Ebenezer Field was elected constable and fence viewer. He was 
a selectman of the town in 1722. He d. Sept. 12, 1723; res. Hatfield and Northfield, 

341. i. EBENEZER, b. June 15, 1715; m. Sarah Mattoon and Mrs. Chris- 

tian Field. 

342. ii. JOANNA, b. April 6, 1717; m. 1737, Col. Phineas Wright. Col. 

Phineas Wright (Eliezer, Lieut. Samuel, Deacon Samuel), b. 
in Northfield Mass., July 20, 1710, was delegate to Provincial 
Congress, and to Massachusetts General Court; was also chairman 
of the Committee of Vigilance and Correspondence in the trying 
years of the county, 1775 and 1776. I have from the Secretary of 
State of Massachusetts a ceitified copy of the record of service of 
Phineas Wright, in the Revolutionary War, as colonel of the 
Sixth Hampshire County Regiment of Militia. He d. 1795, aged 
85 years; she d. 1797, aged 82 years. Their children, b. in North- 
field, Mass., viz.: i. Eliphaz. b. Aug. 8, 1738. 2. Catherine 
Wright, b. Aug. 17, 1740, d. 1803; m Capt. Reuben Smith. 3. 
Joanna Wright, b. Aug. 30, 1742. 4. Tabitha Wright, b. Aug. 23, 
1744; d. Sept. 23, 1822. 5. Naomi Wright, b. Oct. 29, 1746; m. 
Col. H. Wells, Greenfield, Mass. 6. Rhoda Wright, b. Nov. 6, 
174S; m. Oliver Watriss, Northfield, Mass. 


Capt. Reuben Smith (Dea, Samuel, Preserved, Lieut. Samuel, 
Rev. Henry), b. in Northfield. 1740; d. Aug. 24, 1832; aged 82 
years. He m. Sept. 24, 1761, Catherine Wright (see above), 
daughter of Col. Phineas Wright Children b. in Northfield, 
Mass. (sixth generation): A, Phineas Smith, b. Nov. 7, 1762; d. 
Sept. 18, 1823; aged 61 ^^ears. B, Content Smith, b. April 29, 

1764; d. . C, Sarah Smith, b. Oct. 11, 1765; d. Feb. 20, 1811. 

D, Catherine Smith, b. Sept. 14, 1767; d. . E, Joanna Smith, 

b. Sept. 12, 1770; d. May 14, 1852. F, Submit Smith, b. Feb. 27, 
1773; d. June II, 1826. G, Rhoda W. Smith, b. Jan. 24, 1775; d. 
Feb. 13, 1818. H, Mary Smith, b. Jan. 21, 1777; d. April 29, 1822 

(unmarried). I, Fanny Smith, b. July 7, 1779; ^- • J' Adol- 

phus Smith, baptized March 24, 1782 (adopted son); m. Patty 

Content Smith (of the above family), daughter of Capt. Reuben 
and Catherine Wright Smith, m. Oct. 15, 1787, Jerome Hutchin- 
son, of Brookfield, removing to Norwich, Vt., where their chil- 
dren were born. i. John Hutchinson, res., Gaines, N. Y., had 
three children. 2. Fanny Hutchinson, unmarried, res., Norwich, 
Vt. 3. Sarah Hutchinson m. William Loveland, Norwich, Vt., 

4. Cynthia Hutchinson m. May 31, 1820. Asaph Allen, of Deerfield, 
Mass. 5. Sophia Hutchinson m. A. J. Williams; res., Hagans- 
burg, N. Y. 6. Mary Ann, Hutchinson m.. ist, Milo Marsh; 2d, 
James Fuller, Boston. 7. Williams Hutchinson m. Eliza Crary, 
Norwich, Vt. 

Sarah Smith, daughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine (Wright) 
Smith, m. May 28, 1783, Ebenezer Stratton, res. Brookfield, Vt., 
where the stately mansion of more than a hundred years is still re- 
tained by relatives of the family. Children b. in Brookfield: i. 
Martha (Patty) Stratton, b. July 6, 1784; d, Feb. 24, 1829 (unmar- 
ried). 2. Sarah Stratton, b. 1788; d. Aug. 19, 1863. 3. Caleb 
Allen Stratton, b. 1798; d. Jan. 12, 1882; m,, 3d, Emily Edson, 
children's mother. 4. Harriet Stratton, b. Nov. i, iSoo; d. March 
20, 1867. 

Catherine Smith, daughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine 
(Wright) Smith, m. Chester Ponieroy, of Newfane, Vt. Children 
born there: i. Willard Pomeroy, Newfane, Vt. 2. Maria Pome- 
roy, res. Newfane, Vt. 3. Chester Pomeroy. 4. Sophia Pomeroy. 

5. Fanny Pomeroy. 

Joanna Smith, daughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine 
(Wright) Smith, m. Hon. Ebenezer Hinsdale Williams, of Deer- 
field, Mass. Children of seventh generation: i. Elijah Williams 
m. Isabella Hoyt. daughter of Gen. Epapheas Hoyt; res. Deer- 
field. 2. Anna McC. Williams m. Charles Howard, Greenfield, 
Mass. (All deceased.) 

Submit Smith, daughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine Wright 
Smith, m. Dr. Walter Burnham, of Brookfield, Vt. (formerly of 
Norwich, Conn.), Jan. 18, 1795. Res. Brookfield, Vt. Children 
bom in Brookfield. (Grandparents of Perkins Bass.) Children: i. 
Zebulon Perkins Burnham, M.D., b. Aug. 30, 1796; d. Dec. 25, 
1 861. 2. Fanny Smith Burnham, b. March 28, 1800; d. April 30, 
1888. 3. Catherine Wright Burnham, b. July 15, 1805; d. Feb. 20, 


iSgo. 4. Walter Burnham, M.D , b. Jan. 12, 1808; d. Jan. 16, 1S83. 
5. Helen Maria Burnham, b. Dec. 11, 1815. 

Rhoda Wright Smith, daughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine 
Wright Smith, m. Henry Bard well, Sept. 29, 1807. Res. Deer- 
field, Mass. Child of seventh generation : i. Catherine Elizabeth 

Bardwell, b. Aug. 9, 1S12; d. ; m. Jan, 5, 1842, Caleb Allen; 

res. Deerfield; no children. 

Fanny Smith, daughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine Wright 
Smith, m. Richard .Watriss; res. Northfield, Mass. Child of sev- 
enth generation: i. Elijah Watriss, b. 1816; d. ; res. North- 
field, Mass. ; unmarried. 

Sarah Hutchinson, granddaughter ot Capt. Reuben and Cathe- 
rine (Wright) Smith, m. William Loveland; res. Norwich, Vt. 
Children born there: i. Mercy Bigelow Loveland, b. 1816; d. at 
Norwich, Sept. 6, 1874. 2. Joseph Talcott Loveland, b. April 5, 
1818; d. at Norwich, April 15, 1889, unmarried. 3. Reuben Smith 
Loveland. b. Oct. 30, 1820; d. 1898; res. Norwich, Vt. 4. William 
Jerome Loveland, b. Nov. 11, 1822; res. East Saginaw, Mich.; no 
children. 5. Aaron Loveland, b. April 10, 1826; res. Norwich; 
four children. 6. Charles Loveland, b. Nov. 11, 182S: res. Nor- 
wich, Vt. 7. Mary Content Loveland, b. July 2, 1831; m. 

Badger; d. 1870. S. Ellen Loveland, b. Sept. 18. 1S33; m. 
W. H. Hutchinson ; res. Norwich ; four sons who have entered the 

Cynthia Hutchinson, granddaughter ot Capt. Reuben and Cath- 
erine Wright Smith, m. Asaph Allen, Deerfield, Mass., where chil- 
dren were born: i. Charles Hutchinson Allen, b. March 5, 1S22; 
m. Miranda Williams; three children. 2. Mary Ann Allen, b. 
Aug. 14, 1823; m. May iS, 1S43, Horatio Hawks, Deerfield. 3. 
William Allen, b. April 26, 1825. m. Nancy E. Wilcoxson, Durand, 
111. 4. Amelia S. Allen, b. Feb. 16, 1828, m. Christopher Merrill. 
Pennsylvania, 5. Edward Allen, b. July 7, 1832, m. Emily Wil- 
coxson, Durand. 

Sarah Stratton, granddaughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine 
Wright Smith, m. Luther Wheatley. Esq. ; res. Brookfield, Vt. 
Children born, Brookfield: Emily V. Wheatley, b. 1809; d. Oct. 
II, 1833; m. Noah Paine, Esq. 3. Deacon Luther Wheatley, 
b. 1816; d. May 27, 1S85. 3. Frederic Wheatley, b. 1819; d. May 

1, 1847. 4. Sarah E. Wheatley, b. 1825; d. Oct. 28, 1850. 5. 
Eunice Wheatley, b. 1S31; d. April 10, 1859. ^- Alpha Wheatley; 
res, Peake's Island, Me. 

Harriet Stratton, granddaughter ot Capt. Reuben and Cather- 
ine Wright Smith, m. Dec. 11, 1823, Jesse C. Wheatley, Brook- 
field, Vt., the birthplace ot children: i. Jesse Cook Wheatley, 
Jr., b. Dec. 25, 1824; m. Sarah A. Sprague; have lour children. 

2. George Wheatley, b. April 19. 1827; d. Feb. 4, 1S61. 3. Harriet 
Wheatley, b. Oct, 2S, 1832; m. 1853, Elliot Bowman, of Essex 
Junction, Vt. Res. Essex Junction, Vt. 

Zebulon Perkins Burnham, M. D., grandson of Capt. Reuben 
and Catherine Wright Smith, m. Jan. 28, 1828, Fanny Crawford, 
daughter of Hon. Theophilus Crawtord. Putney, Vt. ; res. Wil- 
liamstown, Montpelier, Vt., and Lowell, Mass. ; d. at Ripon, Wis. 


She d. Sept. 26, 1871, at West Rosendale, Wis. Dr. Burnham 
graduated at Yale, and held a high rank as physician and surgeon 
before the introduction of anaesthetics. Children: i. Helen M. 
Burnham, 2d, b. Feb. i, 1830. 2. Frances C. Burnham, b. March 
26, 1832; d. 1838. 3. Crawford Burnham, b. April 8, 1834. 4. 
Perkins Burnham, b. Sept. 4, 1836: d. at Eagle Harbor, Mich., 
Jan. 26, 18S3. 5. Lucy H. Burnham, b. Feb. 20, 1841. 

Fanny Smith Burnham, granddaughter of Capt. Reuben and 
Catherine Wright Smith, m. March 19, 1822. Dr. Numan Robbins 
Dryer, Brookfield, Vt., res. in Penfield and Elmira, N. Y., and in 
Tuscola, 111. ; d. in Tuscola, July 24, 1872, aged 75 years. Chil- 
dren: I. Fanny Ursula Dryer, b. Aug. i, 1823; d. in Elmira, 
N. Y. 2. Walter Burnham Dryer, b. June 3, 1832; d. Buffalo, 
N. Y., March 20, 1890. 3. Isabella Williams Dryer, b. Feb. 19, 
1827; d. in Vermont in 1832. 

Catherine Wright Burnham, daughter of Dr. Walter and Submit 
Smith Burnham, granddaughter of Capt, Reuben and Catherine 
Wright Smith, m. March 25, 1825, Joel Bass, Jr., son of Joel and 
Mary Martin Bass, Williamstown, Vt. Children b. in Williams- 
town, Vt. : I. Perkins Bass, b. April 30, 1827; d. in Peterboro, 
N. H., Oct. 9, 1899. 2. Walter B. Bass, b. Dec. 4, 1828; d. Otta- 
wa. Kan., March 13, 189S. 3. Mary C. Bass, b. June 11, 1830; d. 
m Illinois, April 15, 185 1. 4. William Bass, b. 1832; res. Lowell, 
Mass. : a successful physician. 5. Fanny Caslma Bass. b. Jan. 
25, 1835; d. in Chicago, April 11. 1882. 6. Myron H. Bass, b. Dec. 
24, 1836; d. June 3, 1890, in Evanston, 111. 7. Hugh Bass, b. 
:\Iarch 6, 1839; d. Aug. 29, 1872, Chicago, 111. 8. George Bass, b. 
1845; res. Chicago, 111.; lawyer. 9. Catherine Bass; res. Chi- 
cago, 111. 

Walter Burnham, Jr., M.D., grandson ot Capt. Reuben and Cath- 
erine Wright Smith, m. Annis Crawford, daughter ot Hon. Theoph- 
ilus Crawford, Putney. Vt. Res. Barre, Vt, thirteen years; 
Lowell, Mass. He was a distinguished surgeon with a national 
reputation. He d. in Lowell, Mass. ; she d. Feb. 17, 18S8, Lowell. 
Children: i. Astley Cooper Burnham. b. May i, 1836; d. Feb. 
16, 1837. 2. Stella L. Burnham, b. April 8, 1837. 3. Isabella 
Hortense Burnham, b. March 25, 1839; "i- Waldo Adams, of ex- 
press fame, Boston ; no children. 4. Arthur Hubert Burnham, b. 
Sept. 23, 1841. 5. Julia Ada Burnham, b. July 16, 1843; m- Dr. 
James G. Bradt, Lowell ; no children. 

Helen Maria Burnham, granddaughter ot Capt. Reuben and 
Catherine Wright Smith, m. Barre, Vt., March i, 1842, David 
Dodge, M.D., graduate of medicine, Columbia College, Washing- 
ton, D. C. He practised medicine in western New York fourteen 
years; then removed to Chicago, 1857; d. in Chicago Jan. 31, 1888. 
Her address is Chathamport, Mass. Children: i. Fred Walter 
Dodge, b. Aug. 23, 1843, in Barre. Vt. 2. Mary Louisa Dodge, 
b. July 5, 1846, Victor, N. Y. ; m. Oct. 17, 1871, in Chicago, 111., 
Osborn Nickerson, son of Orick and Mary Ryder Nickerson ; b. 
May 25, 184b: res., Chathamport, Mass.; no children. 

Helen Maria Burnham, second daughter of Dr. T. P. Burnham, 
great-granddaughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine Wright 


Smith, m. July 21, 1852, Henry C. Bottum, of Vermont; res.. 
West Rosendale, Wis. Children: i. Joseph Henry Bottum, b, 
Sept. 26, 1853; lawyer; res. Felkton, S. D. 2. Roswell Bottum, 
b. Aug. 3, 1&57; bank cashier; res. Watertovvn, S. D 3. Perkins 
Bottum, b. June 6, 1S59; res. Chillicothe, Mo. 4. George Bot- 
tum, b. May 26, 1862; farmer; res. Burdette, S. D. 5. Sheldon 
Gale, b. July 31, 1866; res. Wisconsin. 6. Helen Burnham Bot- 
tum, b. April 25, 1875; res. West Rosendale. 

Crawford Burnham, son of Dr. T. P. Burnham, great-grandson 
of Capt. Reuben and Catherine Wright Smith, m. Mary F. 
Hewes, Lyme, N. H. ; a lumber merchant, Lowell, Mass. Chil- 
dren: I. Fanny C. Burnham, b. Sept. 19, 1861. 2. Fred G. 
Burnham, b. April 7, 1864; a practicing physician, Lowell, Mass. 
3. Walter Burnham, b. Dec. 31, 1S72; res. Lowell, Mass. 

Lucy Hubbard Burnham, daughter of Dr. T. P. Burnham, 
great-granddaughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine Wright 
Smith, m April 24, 1862, Edward Burling, son of James and 
Sarah Burling; b. April 21, 1833, in New York; res. Eldora, Iowa. 
Children: i. Fanny Burling, b. May 18, 1863; graduate of Chi- 
cago University. 2. James P. Burling, b. Aug. 10, 1866; minis- 
ter of the Gospel. 3. Edward B. Burling, b. Feb. i, 1870; graduate 
of Harvard College; lawyer; res. Chicago, 111. 4. Helen Burl- 
ing, b. April 5, 1874; res. Eldora. Iowa. 

Rev. James Perkins Burling is a graduate of Iowa College, 
Harvard University and of the Chicago Theological Seminary, 
He m. Terese Temple, Chicago, 111. Child of tenth generation. 
Child: I. Frederick Temple Burling, b. March 23, 1876. 

Fanny U. Dryer, daughter of Fanny Smith Burnham Dryer and 
of Dr. N. R. Dryer, m. Erastus Kellogg Weaver, son of John and 
Kellogg Weaver, of Pen field, N. Y. She was great-grand- 
daughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine Wright Smith. Chil- 
dren: I. Mary Isabella Weaver, m. Charles Palmer; res. Elmira, 
N. Y. 2. John E. Weaver, graduate ot Ann Arbor University; res. 
Rochester, N. Y. 3. Frank E. Weaver, m. Griflf Palmer, hardware 
dealer; res. Rochester, N. Y. 4. Helen Weaver, m. Rev. I. Duane 
Phelps, both graduates of Syracuse University ; have five sons ; 
res. Buffalo, N. Y. 5. Charles G. Weaver, m. Grace Bell Harris, 
Chicago, 111., March 27, 1894; res. Chicago, 111.; graduate of Syr- 
acuse University. 6. Catherine Weaver, m. James Williams; she 
is a graduate of Syracuse College; he is attorney-at-law ; res. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 7. George Weaver, graduate of Syracuse Uni- 
versity, editor of newspaper Rochester, N. Y. ; m. ; had four 

children. 8. Fenton B. Weaver, graduate of Syracuse University ; 
merchant, Elmira, N. Y. 

Stella Lucretia Burnham, daughter of Dr. Walter Burnham, 
"Sr., great-granddaughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine Wright 
Smith, m. July 30, 1857, Henry Phelps Perkins; b. Dec. 25, 1832, 
son of ApoUos and Wealthy Porter Perkins, of Lyme, N. H. Chil- 
dren: I. Walter Burnham Perkins, b. 1858; real estate business ; 
res. Lowell, Mass. 2. Henry Phelps Perkins, b. i860; a physician; 
res. West Newton, Mass. 3. Isabella Adams, b. 1862; m. H. D. 
Kendell, of Boston, manager of chemical works; res. Lowell, 


Mass. 4. Frank Gardner Perkins, b. 1866; res. Florida. 5. Her- 
bert Crawford Perkins, graduate of Harvard Medical School; res. 
Newton, Mass. 

Perkins Bass, b. in Williamstown, Vt., son of Joel and Catherine 
Wright Bass, great-grandson of Capt. Reuben and Catherine 
Wright Smith and a descendant of Deacon Samuel Bass, the New 
England immigrant. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College, 
and began the practice of law m Chicago; but has been a resident 
of Peterboro, N. H., about twenty years. He m., first, in 1856, 
Maria L. Patrick, of Chicago, 111. She and their only child died 
in Williamstown, Vt., whither they had gone to seek health, in 
1858. In 1861 he m. Clara Foster, daughter of Dr. John Foster, 
of Chicago, 111. Perkins Bass, son of Joel and Catherine Burn- 
ham Bass., was born on a farm in Williamstown, Vt.. April 30, 
1827. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1852, paying his 
expenses by teaching school. In 1854 he went to Chicago and 
taught in the public schools. He was admitted to the bar and 
began the practice of law in 1856. The same year he m. Maria L. 
Patrick, late of Granby. Mass., who d. in 1858. He m., 2d. Clara 
Foster, of Chicago, Oct. 5, 1861. He was appointed United 
States district attorney for the northern district of Illinois by 
President Lincoln, and continued the practice of law in Chicago 
until 1874. He was always interested in the cause of education 
and served on the boards of education of the city of Chicago and 
the State of Illinois. Since 1882 he has made his home in Bos- 
ton, and Peterboro, N. H. Children: i. Gertrude Bass, b. May 
14, 1863; m. Dr. George F. Fiske, Chicago. Dr. Fiske was son of 
Samuel and Elizabeth Foster Fiske; was b. Jan. 26, i860, in Mad- 
ison, Conn. The first three months of 1864 he passed in the camp 
of the Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteers at Stony Mountain on 
the Rapidan river, near Stevensburg, Va., with his parents. He 
fitted for college at the high school in Woburn, Mass., graduated 
from Amherst College in 1881, and from the Yale Medical School 
in 1883; spent three years in Germany and France studying 
ophthalmology and otology; was assistant surgeon to Prof. 
Alfred Graefe in the University at Halle, Prussia, in 1884-85. 
Settled in Chicago in 1886 as an eye and ear specialist. In 
1 891 he built a private hospital for treatment of his own 
patients. He visited European hospitals in 1890 and 1895. 
Res. 438 La Salle avenue, Chicago. 111. 2. John Foster Bass, 
b. May 8, 1866; graduate of Harvard University and Law School. 
John Foster Bass, son of Perkins and Clara Foster Bass, b. at 
Chicago, May 8, 1866; fitted tor college at Phillips Exeter Acad- 
emy; graduate at Harvard College in 1891, and from Harvard 
Law School in 1894. He was war correspondent during the 
Greco-Turkish war for New York and London newspapers, and is 
now correspondent at Manila for Harper's Weekly and the New 
York Evening Post. He was wounded at one of the battles about 
Manila, Feb. 10, 1899. Gen. Hale, in report ot operation before 
Manila, referred to him as the only correspondent on the firing 
line when our troops captured Manila. He was the first corre- 
spondent to visit Iloilo, and was wounded in attack on Caloocan. 


Robert Perkins Bass, son of Perkins and Clara Foster Bass, b. at 
Chicago, 111., Sept. i, 1873; fitted for college in Boston, Mass.; 
graduated at Harvard College in 1896. Res. of family. Peter- 
boro, N. H. 

Walter B. Bass, a brother of the above, m. in Williamstown, 
Vt., Ellen Lynde, daughter of John Lynde, granddaughter ot 
Judge Lynde, one of the first settlers there. He removed to 
Ottawa, Kan., where he d. in 189S. He w^as great-grandson of 
Capt. Reuben and Catherine Wright Smith. Children: i. John 
Bass, farmer in Ottawa, Kan. 2. William Bass, farmer in Otta- 
wa, Kan. 3. Ella Bass; res. Ottawa; d. — 

Dr. William Bass, great-grandson of Capt. Reuben and Cath- 
erine Wright Smith, m. Lizzie Hunt, Lowell, Mass. He has been 
a successful practitioner ot medicine and surgery from his grad- 
uating till the present time in Lowell. 

Myron H. Bass, great-grandson of Capt. Reuben and Catherine 
Wright Smith, m. Elizabeth Kelley. He removed to Evanston, 
111., and gave his children collegiate education. Children: i. 
George A. Bass; res. Washington, D. C. 2. Perkins B. Bass; 
res. Evanston, 111. 3. Stella Bass; res. Evanston, 111. 4. James 
K. Bass; res. Evanston. 111. 

George Bass, great-grandson of Capt. Reuben and Catherine 
Wright Smith, is a graduate of Harvard University and Law 
School and pursues his profession in Chicago. He m. Elizabeth 
Merrill, ot Wisconsin. 

Fred W. Dodge, son of David and Helen M. Burnham Dodge, 
great-grandson of Capt. Reuben and Catherine Wright Smith, m. 
Amelia M. Colvin; res. Chicago, 111. Children: i. Helen C. 
Dodge, b. March 3, 1869. 2. Mary Belle Dodge, b. Jan. 25, 1871. 

Aaron Loveland, great-grandson of Capt. Reuben and Cather- 
ine Wright Smith, son of Wm. and Sarah Hutchinson Loveland; 
m. Laura S. Goodell, at Westminster, Vt. ; children b. at Wau- 
watosa. Wis. ; res. Norwich, Vt. Children: i. Frank Edwin 
Loveland, b. March 13, 1S55. 2. Laura Ellen Loveland, b. April 
26, 1857. 3. Joseph Henry Loveland, b. March 10, 1858. 4. 
Fanny Hutchinson, b. July 14, 1866. 

Sarah Ellen Loveland, daughter of Wm. and Sarah Hutchinson 
Loveland, great-granddaughter of Capt. Reuben and Catherine 
Wright Smith, b. Sept. 18, 1833; m. William H. Hutchinson; res. 
Norwich, Vt. ; farmer. Children b. at Norwich. Ch. : i. Louis 
Jerome Hutchmson, b. Sept. 24, 1867. 2. Charles Martin Hutch- 
inson, b. Feb. II, 1870. 3. Joseph Perkins Hutchinson, b. Nov. 
21, 1872. 4. William Loveland Hutchinson, b. Aug. 22, 1875. 5. 
Elsie May Hutchinson, b. Jan. 9. 1878. 

343. iii. MOSES, b. Feb. 19, 1719; m. Ann Dickinson and Martha Root. 

344. iv. AARON, b. March 17, 1722; m. Eunice Frary. 

345. V. ELIZABETH, b. Jan, 3,-1723; m. Feb. 14, 1745. Capt. Ebenezer 

Wells, of Greenfield, son of Joshua, b, 1723: she d. May 17, 1784, 
and he m.. 2d, Mary Whipple. He was a prominent man in 
Greenfield, and d. Deerfield, Jan. 11, 1787. Ch, : i. Obedi- 
ah, b. Feb. 5, 1746; d. Sept. 19, 1758. 2. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 3, 
1748; d. Sept. 15, 1758. 3. Ebenezer, b. June 16, 1750; m. Mercy 


Arms. 4. Daughter, b. March 3, 1752; d. March 4, 1752. 5. 
Reuben, b. May 5, 1753; m. Experience Severance. 6. Simeon, 
b. June 30, 1756; d. Sept. 16, 1758. 7. Levi, b. July 27, 1758; m. 
Mehitable Wells. 8. Obediah, b. Oct. 16, 1760; m. Caroline Grin- 
nell. 9. Simeon, b. Oct. 17, 1762; m. Abigail Stebbins. 10. Con- 
sider, b. Jan. 16, 1765; d. next day. 11. Elizabeth, b. July 30, 
1766; m. Joseph Symonds. 12. Seth, b. Oct. 7, 1768; m. Polly 

216. JOSIAH FIELD (Samuel, Zechariah, John, John. Richard. William. 

William), b. Hatfield, Mass., Nov. 5, 1692; m. Elizabeth . He moved from 

Deerfield to Northfield m 1724. In 1726 he sold his house and moved to Connecti- 
cut. In 1718 the town of Northfield granted to Josiah Field a house lot and inter- 
val lands. As a specimen of the way lands there were disposed of by the commit- 
tee, the following e.Kample is quoted : 

"Then granted to Josiah Field thirty acres of land, whereof ten or twelve acres 
of meadow (if to be found); the remainder to be a house lot and upland — all to be 
laid out conveniently for him bj- direction of the committee — all on condition of his 
abode there four years from the above date." 

The lots on the west side of the street all join to the brow of the meadow hill, 
unless otherwise specified. All were nominally sixty rods in length. Beginning, 
for the sake of convenience at the lower end of the street, lot No. i of ten acres, 
bounded south on the falls of Miller's brook was in 1714 common land. In 1718 it 
was granted to Josiah Field. He occupied it long enough to gain possession, and 
March 14, 1726, then of Springfield, sells it to Benoni Wright, and two years later 
Wright sold it to Capt. Zechariah Field. Res. Deerfield, Springfield and Northfield, 
Mass., and Somers, Conn. 

346. i. JOSIAH, b. Feb. 24, 1724; m. Sarah . 

347. ii. ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 26, 1726; m. Dec. 8, 1748, Joseph Chapin. 

of Enfield and Somers, Conn. 

348. iii. MARY, b. Sept. 11, 1729 (added in pencil), "probably Thankful; 

m. Sampson Wood, of Springfield." 

217. JOSHUA FIELD (Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, William. 
William), b. Hatfield, Mass., April g, 1695; m. Dec. 15, 1719, Elizabeth Cooley, 
daughter of Daniel, of Springfield, and Elizabeth (Wolcott), b. July 23, i6g6; d. 
April 8, 1781. Joshua Field, son of Samuel and Sarah (Gilbert), b. in Hatfield. 
Mass. He settled first in Springfield, removed from there to Longmeadow, and m 
174S to Bolton, Conn., where he died. Joshua Field and Elizabeth Field joined the 
church in Bolton in 1748. Joshua Field d. Jan. 11, 1783, of old age, aged 87 years. 
Wife of Joshua Field d. April 8, 1781, of great cold, aged 86 years. Jonathan Rey- 
nolds, of Bolton, deeded to Joshua Field, of Springfield, Mass. , "land on both sides of 
the Boston Road with a mansion house," dated April. 1744. Joshua Field's deed: 
"In consideration of Parental love and aftection which 1 have and do bear unto my 
son Nathaniel Field, 1 give, etc., with the buildings, etc., situated m the Township 
of Bolton." Dated Dec. 31, 1754. He d. Jan. 11, 1783; res. Springfield and Bolton, 

SAMUEL, b. Oct. 13, 1720. 

EBENEZER, b. , 1722. 

DANIEL, b. , 1724.; ra. Elizabeth Cooley. 

ELIZABETH, b. , 1726; m. June 27, 1745, Edmond Bartlett. 

NATHANIEL, b. , 1727; m. Mary Goodrich. 

DEACON JOSEPH FIELD (Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. Sunderland, Mass.. June 9, 16S9; m. Sept. 13, 1716, Mary Smith, 













daughter of Joseph and Canada (Wait), b. Sept, 24, 1697; d. March 9, 1767. He 
removed in 1714 to Sunderland, and in 1715 he took the allotment of his father. No. 
12, on the east side of the street, which he occupied until his death in 1754. He d. 
Feb. 4. 1754; res. Sunderland, Mass. 
354. i. ELISHA, b. July i, 1717; m. Betty Pratt. 

355. ii. MARY, b. May 19, 1719; m. March 14, 1754, Daniel Clark, of Tem- 

pleton; she d. Aug. 15, 1804. He was son of Increase, and Mary 
was his second wife. 

356. iii. ABIGAIL, b. Aug. 11, 1721; m. April 24, 1745, Samuel Field, of 

Northfield; she d. Nov. 2, 1803, 

357. iv. JOSEPH, b. Dec. 8, 1723; m. Ruth Parker. 

358. V. THANKFUL, b. Dec. 9, 1726; m. Sept. 15, 1757, Benjamin Graves, 

of Sunderland. 

359. vi. MARTHA, b. Feb. 27, 1729; m. April 21, 1767, Hezekiah Belden, 

of Hatfield and Amherst. 

360. vii. EXPERIENCE, b. April 10. 1732; m. Nov. 8, 1759. Elijah Clark. 

of Sunderland. 

361. viii. SARAH, b. Jan. 16, 1735; m. in Sunderland, July 17, 1755. Sergt. 

Simeon Lyman, b. 1730. He was son of Joshua; was sergeant in 
the Revolutionary war; d. May 19, 1809; she d. Nov. 28. 1797, 
and he m., 2d, Mrs. Molly (Smith) Stratton; res. Northfield, 
Mass. Children: i. Mary, b. May 29, 1756; m. Solomon Holton. 
2. Persis, b. Oct. 7, 1758; m. Joseph Smead, of Montague. 3. 
Joshua, b. Oct. 12, 1760; m. Catherine Hammond and Sally Hol- 
ton. 4. Joseph, b. Jan. 23. 1763; m. Elizabeth Liscomb. 5. Sim- 
eon, b. Dec. 8, 1764; m. Diadana Allen. 6. Submit, b. July 11, 
1767; m. Col. George Dennison. 7. Sarah, b. Sept. 13, 1769; m. 
James Strobridge. 8. Timothy, b. Sept. 22, 1771; m. Ruby Beach. 
9. Elisha, b. Aug. 13, 1772; d. young. 10. Penelope, b. July 26, 
1774; m. Lieut. Hezekiah Mattoon. 11. Elisha, b. Aug. 13, 1778; 
m. Margaret Liscomb and Rachel Ames. 

362. ix. JONATHAN, b. July 30, 1737; m. Elizabeth Cooley. 

363. X. ISRAEL, b. March 27, 1741; m. . 

224. CAPT. JONATHAN FIELD (Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 
"William, William), b. Hatfield, Mass., Oct. 13, 1697; m. March 30, 1721, Mary 
Billings, daughter of Ebenezer and Hannah (Church), b. May 24, 1701; d. June 3, 
1736; m., 2d, July 25, 1739, Esther Smith, daughter of Joseph and Canada (Waite), 
of Hatfield, b. June 2, 1710; d. Jan. 12, 1795. Esther was greatly distinguished for 
her industry and exemplary piety. He was the youngest son of Capt. Joseph, and 
was b. in Hatfield; removed with his father to Sunderland in 1714. He moved to 
Leverett in 1752, and settled on Long Plain, so called. His sons, Jonathan, Seth 
and William, purchased lands in the neighborhood, which they cleared up and con- 
verted into farms, and occupied the same until their decease. He held the commis- 
sion of captain in the militia for many years, and was noted for his courage and 
sagacity, and distinguished himself by his services in protecting the people in the 
settlements of Leverett and Sunderland from the incursions and depredations of 
the Indians during the French wars which commenced in 1744 and terminated in 
1760. Little is known of his two daughters. 

Esther Smith, the second wife of Capt. Jonathan Field, was a daughter of 
Joseph Smith, of Hatfield, and granddaughter of John Smith, who was killed by 
the Indians in Hatfield Meadow, May 30, 1676, and a great-granddaughter of Lieut. 


Samuel Smith, an English emigrant, who came from Ipswich, the shire town of 
Suffolk county. England, in 1634. He remained in Boston until 1638, when he re- 
moved to Weathersfield, Conn., and from thence to Hadley, Mass., in 1659, and was 
one of the sixty Associates or Separatists, who purchased the Hadley plantation in 
165S. She was b. in Hatfield in 1710, and d. in 1794. She was the mother ot Seth 
Field, and grandmother of Martin Field. Her mother, Canada Waite, wife of Joseph 
Smith, was the daughter of Benjamin Waite, whose wife and three daughters were 
of the seventeen captives taken by the Indians in their attack on Hatfield, Sept. 19, 
1677, and carried to Canada, where she was b. Jan. 22, 1678. They were the first 
captives of English descent who were taken to Canada during the Indian wars, and 
her Christian name was given to her as a living memorial of this captivity and the 
place of her birth. The wife ot Stephen Jennings, who was taken captive at the 
same time gave birth to a daughter, who was b. March 14, 1678. The child was 
named Captivity, and the two daughters were ever afterwards called the "Canada 
Babes." Benjamin Waite and Stephen Jennings were men of great energy and per- 
severance, and undertook to redeem their wives and children and the other captives. 
They obtained a commission from the Colonial Government of Massachusetts, 
and left Hatfield on the 24th day of October, for Canada, by the way of Albany. 
The officials at Albany frowned upon the enterprise and represented it as 
hazardous and hopeless, and after they had reached Schenectady, they were brought 
back forcibly to Albany and went down the river to New York to Governor Andros. 
Through the intercession of one Captain Brockhurst, they were sent back to Albany 
with a pass, and reached there Nov. 19. They then hired a Mohawk Indian to 
guide them to Lake George. This friendly Indian fitted up a canoe for them, made 
a rudely executed diagram of Lakes George and Champlain, to guide them on their 
journey. They sailed down Lake George to its outlet, carried their canoe on their 
backs to Lake Champlain, and reached Chambly January 6, 1678. They 
were ignorant of the country, being the first New England men who had ever 
passed over Lakes George and Champlain to Canada. At Sorell and vicinity they 
found the captives. The French governor at Quebec, Count De Frontenac, treated 
them civilly and kindly, and granted them a guard of eleven men to accompany 
them and the captives whom they had redeemed to Albany, which they reached 
May 22. 1678. The following is the plain unstudied letter written by 
Benjamin Waite to the people of Hatfield, after reaching Albany: 

"To my loving Friends and Kindred in Hatfield: These few lines are to let you 
understand that we are arrived at Albany now with the captives, and that we stand 
in need of assistance, for my charges is very great and heavy and therefore any 
that have any love to our condition, let it move them to come and help us in this 
strait. Three of the captives are murdered — old Goodman Plimpton, Samuel Foot's 
daughter, Samuel Russell; all the rest are alive and well and now at Albany, 
namely, Obadiah Dickinson and his child, Mary Foote and her child, Hannah Jen- 
nings and three children, Abigail AUis, Abigail Bartholomew, Goodman Coleman's 
children, Samuel Kellogg, my wife and four children, and Quintin Stockwell. I pray 
you hasten the matter, for it requireth great haste ; stay not for the Sabbath nor the 
shoeing of horses. We shall endeavor to meet you at Canterhook ^Kinderhook), it 
may be at Housatonick. We must come softly because of our wives and children. 
I pray you hasten them, stay not night nor day. for the matter requireth haste; 
bring provisions with you for us. At Albany, written from mine own hand, as I 
have affected to you all that were fatherless, be affected to me now and hasten the 
matter, and stay not, and ease me of my charges. You shall not need be afraid 
of any enemies. Your loving kinsman, 

Benjamin Waite. 


They remained in Albany five days, and on May 27, started and walked twenty- 
two miles to Kinderhook, when they met men and horses from Hatfield. They 
rode through the woods and reached Hatfield in safety. The captives had been ab- 
sent eight months, and Waite and Jennings seven months. The day ot their arrival 
was one of the most joyful days that Hatfield ever knew. The ransom of the captives 
exceeded two hundred pounds, and was collected by contributions from the English. 
On May 27, the governor and council appointed June 26 as a day of fasting, humilia- 
tion and prayer, and May 30 they issued an additional order recommending the case of 
Benjamin Waite and the captives for relief to the pious charity of the people of the 
several towns in the colony, desiring the ministers on the fast day to "stir up" the 
people to contribute for the relief of the captives. And for "quickening the work" 
copies of Benjamin Waite's letter were remitted to the ministers to be publicly read on 
the aforesaid fast day. Canada Waite was the grandmother of the late Oliver Smith, 
of Hatfield, who was distinguished for his great wealth, and the munificent trusts 
he created under his will for the benefit of the poor and indigent in several towns 
in Hampshire and Franklin counties in Massachusetts. Sophia Smith, who founded 
and endowed the female college at Northampton was a niece of Oliver Smith and 
great-granddaughter of Joseph Smith and Canada Waite. There is nothing in the 
tales of the Colonial Indian Wars more affecting than the story of the efforts of 
Benjamin Waite to procure the ransom of his wife and children from captivity, or 
more touching and thrilling than his letter addressed to "his loving friends and 
kindred at Hatfield." This letter and the account ot the hazardous journey of 
Waite and Jennings to Canada reads like a tale of the Crusaders. Bishop Hunting- 
ton, in his address at the bi-centennial celebration in 1859 of the first settlement of 
Hadley in 1659, well said in relating the story of the attack on Hatfield by the 
Indians, that the names of Benjamin Waite and his companion in their perilous 
journey through the wilderness to Canada should "be memorable in all the sad or 
happy homes of this valley forever." The descendants of Capt. Jonathan Field 
deem themselves honored that through Canada Waite, the child of captivity, they 
can trace their lineage to Benjamin Waite, and they feel as though they had a 
direct family interest in the memories of his strong and loving soul and Christian 
heroism. Benjamin Waite was killed by the Indians at Deerfield, Feb. 29, 1704, at 
the time of the destruction of the town by the French and Indians under Hertel 
De Rouville. Canada Waite was married to Joseph Smith, of Hatfield, Dec. 15, 
1696, and died May 5, 1749. Her husband, Joseph Smith, was born Nov. 16, 1670, 
and died Feb. 6, 1752. 

About 1750, settlements were commenced in different part of the present town 
of Leverett by Nathan Aaams, Moses Graves, Solomon Gould, Elisha Clary, Joseph 
Clary, Joel Smith, Moses Smith, Jeremiah Woodbury, Joseph Hubbard, Isaac Mar- 
shal, Jonathan Hubbard, Richard Montague, Wilde, and Absalom Scott. 

Montague settled in the north part of the town ; Adams, Joel Smith, Gould and 
Graves in the south part; Elisha and Joseph Clary at the foot of Cave Hill; Jona- 
than Hubbard in the eastern part, and Joseph Hubbard on the farm now owned by 
Sawyer Field, near the east side ot the fish pond. The latter was probably the first 
settler in the town. Josiah Cowls. Jonathan Field, Stephen Ashley, and Jonathan 
Field, 3d, settled soon afterwards on Long Plain, in the southwest part of the town, 
and Joseph Bartlett on "brushy mountain." Leverett was originally a part of Sun- 
derland, and a petition of its residents laid before that town at its March meeting 
in 1773, praying for liberty to be set oft into a new town, for the common lands 
within its boundaries, and an equitable proportion of the town property, doubtless 
contained the names of all who were then settled within the present boundaries of 


Mr. Field d. March 31, 1781 ; res. Sunderland and Leverett, Mass. 

364. i. EUNICE, b. March 12, 1723; m. John Ballard, of Sunderland. 

365. ii. JOANNA, b. Dec. 11, 1725; m. Jan. 31. 1753, Daniel Graves, ot 

Brimfield. Ch. : i. Persis; m. Eli Parsons; 2 Gideon; 3 Sibyl. 

366. iii. LYDIA, b. Jan. i, 1731; m. Nov. 20, 1750, Thomas Chapin. of 

Springfield, and, 2d, March 14, 1814, John Amsden, of Deerfield ; 
she d. March 11, 1814. 

367. iv. MARY, b. July 11, 1734; m. July 5, 1754, Seth Warner, of Sunder- 

land; m., 2d, Nov. 21. 1771, Miles Alexander, of Sunderland and 
Northfield. Seth Warner was b. Sept. 29, 1729; d. jNIay 14, 1769; 
she d. Feb. 21, 1829. Their son Eleazer Warner, b. Sept. 20, 
1755, m. Elizabeth Belden; d. Aug. 9, 1837; he d. Dec. 8, 1829. 
Their daughter Martha Warner, b. April 10, 1784, m. Caleb Mon- 
tague; b. July 7, 1781; d. Oct. 28, 1825; she d. March 13, 1876. 
Their daughter Fanny E. Montague, b. Aug. 29, 1824, m. Henry 
S. Stockbridge, b. Aug. 31, 1822; d. March 11, 1895. Henry 
Stockbridge, lawyer, b. in North Hadley, Mass., Aug. 31, 1822, 
was originally named Henry Smith Stockbridge; but he dropped 
the Smith in early manhood. He was graduated at Amherst in 
1845, ^Q<i studied law in Baltimore, where he was admitted to the 
bar May i, 1848, and has since practiced his profession. During 
the Civil war he was a special district attorney to attend to the 
business of the War Department, and m 1864 as a member of the 
legislature he drafted the act that convened a constitutional con- 
vention for the abolition of slavery in the state. He took an active 
part in the proceedings of the convention, and defended the con- 
stitution that it adopted before the court of last resort. Afterward 
he instituted and successfully prosecuted in theUnited States courts 
proceedings by which were annulled the indentures of apprentice- 
ship by which it was sought to evade the emancipation clause. Mr. 
Stockbridge thus practically secured the enfranchisement of more 
than 10,000 colored children. He was judge of the circuit court for 
Baltimore county in 1865, a delegate to the Loyalists' convention in 
1866, and vice-president of the National Republican convention of 
1868. Mr. Stockbridge has been for twenty years editor of the Fund 
publications of the Maryland Historical Society, of which he is 
vice-president, and he is the author of publication No. 22, "The 
Archives of Maryland" (Baltimore, 1886); besides various contri- 
butions to magazines. His son, Henry W., of Baltimore, Md., b. in 
that city, Sept. 18, 1856, graduated at Amherst College in 1877, 
and from the law department of the University of Maryland in 
1878. In the same year he was admitted to the bar and at once 
began the practice of law in connection with his father. In 18S2 
was appointed one ot the examiners in chancery, and discharged 
the duties of this position till March, 1889. In 1887, upon the death 
of Major Randolph, he became one ot the editors ot the Baltimore 
American, and continued in this employment until March, 1S89, 
when, having been elected to the Fifty-first Congress, he retired to 
devote his attention to his congressional duties. He declined a 
renomination for Congress in 1890, and in i8gr was appointed 
Commissioner of Immigration at the port of Baltimore, and un- 
dertook the work of organizing at this port the inspection of im- 




migrants. He resigned as immigration commissioner on March 
3> 1893.^ From the time ot the expiration of his congressional 
term he resumed actively the practice of the legal profession, and 
became counsel for several large corporations. In i8q6 he was 
elected as an associate judge of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore 
city, and has since been discharging the duties of that position; 
m. Jan. 5, i88a, Helen Maria, daughter of Chester Smith, of Hadley, 
Mass. Ch. : i. Henry, b. Dec. 21, 1885. 2. Enos Smith, b. Mays, 1888. 
Arms: Argent, on a chevron azure three 
crescents or. Crest: Out of a cloud two 
dexter hands in armor conjoined, holding 
up a heart inflamed all proper. Res. : 11 N. 
Calhoun street, Baltimore, ]\Id. Societies: 
Maryland Historical, American Historical, 
Colonial Wars, Sons of the Revolution, 
Founders and Patriots. 

368. v. SETH, b. March 13, 1741; m. Mary Hubbard 

and Mrs. Margery (Knowlton) Lotheridge. 

369. vi. WILLIAM, b. Aug. 27, 1745; m. Dorothy 

Kellogg and Editha Tracy. 

370. vii. ESTHER, b. Feb. 6, 1743; m. Feb. 9, 1764. 

Joseph Bodman, of Williamsburgh. She 
d. 1720. 

371. viii. JONATHAN, b. Aug. 15, 1750; m. Sarah 


372. ix. EDITHA, b. Dec. — , 1767; m. April 23, 1767, Giles Hubbard, ot 


373. X. MOSES, b. Sept. 17, 1754; m. Mary Spellman. 

374. xi. DAUGHTER, b. March 7, 1740; d. March 7, 1740. 

229. CAPTAIN JOHN FIELD (John, John. William, John, Richard. William, 
William), b. Providence, R. I., Feb. 20. 1671; m.. November, 1697. Elizabeth Ames, 
dau. of John, b. Sept. 6, 1680; d. 1739; was res. in Bridgewater and returned to 
Providence in 1 749. 

He married Elizabeth, daughter of John Ames, of Bridgewater. He moved to 
Providence in 1730, and died in 1758, aged eighty-seven. His wife died in 1739 aged 
fifty-eight. John Field, son of John Field, born in 1704; died in 1729; aged twenty- 

Removed to Providence about 1730-31. Admitted freeman 1731. 

B. 2, 458. To cousin Daniel, Nov. 2, 1714. 

B. 4, 183. To Benjamin Whipple, June 4, 1720. 

B. 8, 203. To James Edwards, Oct. 24, 1729. 

B. 308. From Peleg Williams, May 21, 1730. 

B. g, 16. From Greenes (several), Oct. 12, 1731, right of John Greene, of W^ar- 
wick, to land in Providence, Smith field, Scituate and Gloucester. Important deed. 

B. 9, 17. To Jonathan Whipple, Oct. 14, 1731, 400 acres in Gloucester. 

B. 9, 79. To Daniel Smith, Jan. 5, 1731-32. 

B. 9, 187. To Elizabeth Snow, July 22, 1732. 

B. 9, 278. To Thomas Steere. Feb. 28, 1733-34, thatch in Cove on Woonasqua- 
tucket river, which belonged to grandfather John Field. 

B. 9, 297. From Thomas Steere, Feb, 28, 1733-34, Thatch in Hawkins' Cove. 

B. A 10, 57. To John Walton, June 9, 1736. 

B. A 10, 63. To Joseph Snow, Jr., Sept. i, 1736. 


B. Aio, 137. To John Hawkins. 

B. Aio, 330. To Shadrach Manton, Nov. 13, 1735. 

B. An, 213. To Benjamin Gorham, 1740. 

B. A12, 381. To Elizabeth Snow, May 31, 1750, Benedicts Pond. 

B. 441. To James, April 10. 1751, land ot grandfather John. 

Will of John Field (Capt.)— Providence Probate Docket, Vol. i, No^ A708. Will 
book 5, p. 156. In the Name ot God. Amen, I John Field of Providence its^-e County 
of Providence in ye Colony of Rhode Island &c. being ancient ot an Infirnr Constitu- 
tion, but of Sound Memory, Blessed be God, do make and Publish this my Last Will 
and Testament in manner following that is to Say — 

Imprimis, I give and devise to my Grandson John Field all my Homestead 
Lands and Buildings whereon I now Dwell (excepting a Small Lot of Land fifty foot 
front, and one Hundred foot Back, Joyning to the Highway, which I shall herein- 
after give to my Grandson James Field) and the Land and Meadow which I pur- 
chased of Peleg Williams, lying on the North Side of the Highway opposite against 
m}' Dwellmg House, and also all that my Tract of Land lying on the Plain, on the 
South Easterly Side of the Highway that leads from Providence Town to that part 
called Moshanticutt, adjoyning to the Pond, called Long Pond; all the above men- 
tioned Lands, Buildings and Appurtenances to be and remain unto my Said Grand- 
son John Field, his Heirs and Assigns for ever, being in Providence and Cranston 
in ye County aforesaid 

Item, I give and Devise unto my Grandson James Field, a Small Lot of Land, 
lying adjoyning to the Lands of Joseph Snow, a little Northwestwardly from my 
Dwelling House, adjoyning to the Highway, bounded Northwestwardly on Said 
Snow's Land, on which it measures One Hundred Feet, & North Eastwardly on the 
Highway on which it measures Fifty Feet, (this Lot is intended to be Fifty Feet 
wide in all parts) and to hold the Breadth of Fifty Feet, extends back Southwest- 
wardly One Hundred Feet, where it terminates; and also all that my Tract or Par- 
cel of Land, lying on the Northwestwardly Side of the Highway that leads from 
Providence Town, towards Moshanticutt aforesaid, adjoyning to the Pond, called 
and known by the Name of Benedict's Pond, all to be and remain unto him my 
Said Grandson James Field, and to his Heirs and Assigns for ever, being partly in 
Providence, and partly in Cranston in said County 

Item, as to all the rest and remaining Part of my Lands both divided and undi- 
vided, allotted or not allotted, lying and being in the Towns of Providence and 
Smithfifcld in the County of Providence, within the Original Purchase of Providence 
and elsewhere, I give and devise the same unto my said Two Grandsons John 
Field, and James Field, to be equally divided betwixt them, and to be and remain 
unto them, their Heirs and Assigns respectively forever 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my said Two Grandsons John Field and James 
Field all my Husbandry Tools and Tackling of all sorts, and my Carpenters Tools 
to be equally divided betwixt them 

Item, I give to my Grandson John Field my biggest pair of Hand-Irons, and 
one Feather Bed and Furniture thereto belonging 

Item, I give to my Grandson, James Field a pair of Hand-Irons 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my Three Daughters viz. Elizabeth Snow, 
Sarah Howard and Susanna Keith, Two Feather Beds & Furniture to them belong- 
ing, and One Hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit old Tenor, to be divided amongst 
them in this manner, that is to say, Two of my said three Daughters to have a Bed 
and Furniture, each of them, and the other of my said Daughters that hath not a 
Bed, to have the said Hundred Pounds ia Bills of the Old Tenor in Lieu thereof, as 
they shall agree 


Item, I give and bequeath unto the Children of ray Sister Elizabeth Briggs, and 
the Children of my Sister Lydia Mandly. the Sum of Ninety Pounds in Bills of 
Credit of the Old Tenor, to be equally divided amongst Such ot my said Sister's 
Children as are Surviving 

Item, I give to my Nephews, Anthony, Jonah, Jeremiah and Samuel Steers, 
and to my Neice Loranna Coman, Ten Pounds to each ot them in Bills of Credit of 
the Old Tenor 

Item, I give and bequeath unto Mary Snow of Providence, Single Woman, for 
and in Consideration of her Care and Industry, Since She hath kept my House, the 
Sum of Ten pounds in Bills ot Credit, Old Tenor, exclusive of her Wages 

Item, as to all the rest and remaining part of my Personal and Moveable Estate, 
that shall remain after my Just Debts, Legacys, funeral Charges and other Ex- 
penses are duly paid, I give the Same to my aforesaid Three Daughters, Elizabeth 
Snow, Sarah Howard and Susanna Keith, and my aforesaid Two Grandsons John 
Field and James Field to be equally divided amongst them respectively 

Item, as to my Negro man Jeffery. I do hereby Order, and my Will is, that he 
Shall Chuse which of my Children or Grandchildren he Shall think proper to live 
with, and so far give him his Time as to chuse any ot them, or any other Person as 
he thinks proper to take him, provided they, that he Shall So chuse. give Bond to 
keep my Heirs, Executors, and Administrators from all Cost, Charge and Trouble, 
that Shall from thence accrue by reason of Said negroe Jeffery's Maintenance; and 
in case none of my Said Children Shall See cause to accept ot Said negroe, then he 
Shall be kept and maintained by my executor hereafter named 

Item, I do hereby Order, and it is my Will, that all my Just Debts and Legacys 
before mentioned and other Expenses, Shall be paid by my Executor out of my 
Personal Estate and I do hereby Name ordain and Appoint and make, my aforesaid 
Grandson John Field my Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, to pay 
all my Just Debts and Legacys and perform this my Last Will and Testament 

In Witness and Confirmation whereof I do hereunto Set my Hand and Seal, the 
Twenty-Sixth Day of June in the Year ot Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred 
and Fifty-tour 

After the aforewritten Jnstrument being publickly Read to the above named 
John Field it was by him. Signed, Sealed, published and declared to be his Last 
Will and Testament, in the Presence of us the Subscribers 

Be it remembered, that "the Lot to be fifty foot wide in all "parts" in one place, 
and the words "one feather Bed and "Furniturethereto belonging" in another 
place, was interlined before Signing and Executing these Presents 

And be it also remembered, that 1 have heretofore Sold & conveyed unto my 
Grandson John Field all my Stock of Cattle, Sheep and all Sorts of Quick Stock ; 
and that 1 have heretofore given unto my Grandsan James Field the Sum of Four 
Thousand Pounds old Tenor, and Several Deeds of Gifts of Lands and that the 
words "partly in Providence and partly "in Cranston" in two places, was interlined 
before Executing hereof 

Solomon Searl his 

Ezekiel Williams John X Field l. s. 

Richard Waterman mark 

Proved April 5th. 1757. 

He died in 1757. Res., Bridgewater, Mass., and Providence, R. I. 

375. i. ELIZABETH, b. Aug. 4, 1698; m, in Providence, Joseph Snow, b. 
Sept. 6, 1690. Joseph Snow was born in Bridgewater; died in 
Providence, July 23, 1773: son ot Joseph Snow; b. 1668; d. 1753; 
m. Hopestill ; son of William Snow and Rebecca (Backer 


Snow, dau. of Robert Backer and Lucy (Williams) Backer, ot 
Duxbury. Ch. : 
I. Joseph, b. March 26, 1715; m., ist, Nov. i, 1737, Sarah Field, 
dau. of Zachariah and Abigail Field b. Aug. 9. 17 10; d. 
July 9, 1753. He m., 2d, March 14, 1754, Rebecca Grant, of Bos- 
ton; she d. Sept. 30, 1774. He m., 3d, Oct. 24, 1775, Mrs. Mar- 
garet Proctor. Ch. (by first wife): a. Sarah, b. Oct 27, 1738; 
d. April 23, 1752. b. John, b. Feb. 3, 1740; m., Feb. 14, 1799, 
Eliza Snow, dau. of John. c. Joseph, b. Sept. 22, 1741; d. Oct. 
10, 1741. 4. Joseph, b. Sept. 2, 1742; m., March 7, 1773, Sarah 
Noyes, dau. of Jonathan Badger. Ch. : i. William, ii. Oliver, 
ill. Margaret. This family are to be found in its descendants of 
Penn Yann, N. Y. e. Lydia, b. Jan. 3, 1744; d. March 22, 1763 (or 
1766?). f. Susannah, b. Oct. 14, i745;m., Dec. 23, 1764, Dr. Samuel 
Carew; d. March 22, 1766. g. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 10, 1747; m., 
July 9, 1774, Zabdiel Rogers, h. Abigail, b. March 26. 1749; 

d. Aug. 10, 1752. i. Josiah, b. Feb. 24, 1750; m. . Ch. by 

2d wife: j. Rebecca, b. Feb. 13, 1756. k. Samuel, b. Aug. 10, 
1758: m. May 18, 1781, Frances Wanton, dau. of Capt. Peter and 
Elizabeth Gardiner Wanton. He was member ot the Cincinnati ; 
lieutenant in Revolution. Ch. : i. Peter; captain of infantry. 
Continental army. He d. May 13, 1838. 1. Edward, b. May 
9, 1760. m. Benjamin, b. Dec. 6, 1761; m., ist, Sally Rogers, 
dau. ot Theophilus, of Norwich, Conn., b. Jan. 26, 1761; d. 
April 8, 1788; m., 2d, Sarah Otis, dau. of Joseph, of Norwich, 
Conn. Ch. : i. Hamilton Rogers, b. Nov. 7 1786; d. April 7, 1789. 
ii. Frances, b. May 22, 1790. iii. Maria, b. Dec. 19. 1791: d. Feb. 
8, 1795. iv. Caroline M., b. Sept. 24, 1793: ni. R. M. Field; d. 
1843. V. Charles Knox, b. May 5, 1796. vi. Samuel Edward, b. 
March 5, 1798. vii. Maria L. b. July 9, 1800; d. Aug. 18, 1824. 
viii. Sarah Ann. b." Aug. 10, 1802; m. J. L. Hubbard; d. March 
29, 1820. ix. Rebecca Monroe, b. June 11, 1805; m. J. Hunting- 
ton, of Norwich, d. Sept. 3, 1839. He d. March 23, 1849. 

Joseph Snow was pastor of Beneficient Congregational Church 
from 1743 till death. He d. April 10, 1803, 

2. John, b. April 19, 1717; d. Dec. 3, 1738. 

3. Elizabeth, b. May, 4, 1719; m., ist, Jan. 12, 1736, John 
Field, son of Zachariah and Abigail, b. 1708; d. April 5, 1738. 
Ch. : John Field, b. 1738; d. Aug. 29, 1808; m. Abigail Covy, 
March 21, 1761, who died May 19, 1820, aged eighty-five. 
M., 2d, Ezra Dean and moved to Plainfield, Conn. She d. Dec. 
18, 1750. 

4. Susannah, b. Dec. 12, 1721; m. March 19, 1741, Matthew 
Short; d. Feb. 18, 1743. 

5. Sarah, b. Feb. 4, 1723 ; is said to have married John Jenckes; 
d. Jan. 8, 1745. 

6. Daniel, b. Oct. 2, 1727; m. Jan. 11, 1767, Sarah Searle, dau. 
ot Solomon and Elizabeth Gladding Searle (she was dau. ot Wil- 
liam^and Mary), b. Oct. 15, 1738; d. 1821. By records of Provi- 
dence he also married Feb. 6, 1749, Elizabeth Searle, dau. of 
Solomon. Sarah and Elizabeth were both living in 1810. Ch. : 
Elizabeth, Susannah, Lydia, Daniel, Rebecca and Sarah. Chil- 



dren of Daniel and Elizabeth: Daniel, bap, April 20, 1751. 
Samuel, bap. June 3, 1753. He d. Nov. 17, 1784. 

7. James, b. Dec. 30, 1729-30; m., March 26, 1755, Hannah 
Searle, dau. of Solomon and Elizabeth (Gladding) Searle, b. June 
10. 1733; d. Nov. 14, 1823. Ch. : James, Daniel, Mary, Joseph, 
John Samuel, Edward, Sarah and Hannah. James Snow, cap- 
tain m Fourth company Providence militia in 1776-80, was 
either he or his son. (See Col. Rec. ot R. L. vol. vii, viii, Reg. 
Orders R. I. Hist. Soc, June 11, 1778; Rev. Defenses of R. I., 
by Edward Field.) Had. Oct. 18, 1812. 

8. Mary, b. April 20, 1733. She was probably the first child 
of Joseph Snow to be bom in Providence. Her father was deacon 
of First Congregational church. He is called deacon in the His- 
tory of Easton, Mass., and perhaps his title was at first com- 
plimentary. She d. Feb. 12, 1751. 

9. Lydia, b, Feb. 8, 1735; d. Dec. 10, 1738. 

10. John, b. April 19, 1739. No trace of him, unless he is 
the one who married Mary Thurston, of Newport. (See Redwood 
Family Gen.) 

Joseph Snow, Sr., appears to have been a cantankerous person 
whose specialty was a stirring up church rows. He lived in 
Easton, Mass., and in "Chaffins" book, on that town, you will 
find some record of him. After his removal to Providence he 
became involved in a controversy at the First Congregational 
church, and because of the teaching of "damnable good works" 
that the minister indulged in, Mr. Snow withdrew and estab- 
lished a congregation with his son as pastor on the west side of 
the town. (See "Staples' Annals of Providence," "The Beneficent 
Church," by Rev. J. G. Vose.) The funeral sermon of the Rev. 
Joseph Snow was preached by Rev. Stephen Gano, from the text, 
"I have fought a good fight." A copy of this is in the Brown 
University library. Mr. Snow continued as pastor until his death, 
but in his later years he withdrew from the church founded by 
his father, and established a third Congregational church. The 
reason of this change is to be found in the growing popularity 
of the Rev. James Wilson, called to be his assistant. Old Mr. 
Snow could not see his own growing decrepitude, and was 
oflEended at the people who preferred the younger man. Mr. 
Snow took with him the records of the church that he had kept 
with great care and attention and many of the dates here 
can be verified by consultation with the original record now in 
the custody of the Union Congregational Society. A picture of 
Rev. Joseph Snow was printed some years ago in Dr. Vose's 
"Beneficent Church." 

James Snow, his brother, was captain of Fourth company of 
Providence militia in 1 776-1 778. See Edward Field's "Rev. 
Defenses of Rhode Island." Pay abstract on file at State House, 
Rhode Island. Reg. Orders R. I. Hist. Soc. "Col. Rec. of R. 
I., Bartlett. 

From a note gleaned at the city hall (where the documents, are 
filed And indexed in first-class order) I am led to believe that 
these services should be credited to James Snow's son, James, 


since he is called Capt. James Snow, Jr. The dates are James, 
St., b. Dec. 30, 1729-30; d. Oct 18, 1S12. James, Jr., b. April 
10, 1756; d. Sept 13, 1825. Is not twenty years rather young 
for a captain? It seems as if it was the elder James who was 
the veteran. 

Mitchell's Bridgewater. Moved to Easton about 1730 and after- 
wards to Providence. 

B. 9, 157. From John Field, July 22, 1732, meadows, thatch 
beds and common, i. e., seventy-nine acres at Bennet's, near 
Benedict Pond three acres near his dwelling house, a right in 
thatch beds which was the right of John Greene, Jr., etc. 

B. 12, 381. From John Field, May 31, 1750, Benedict's Pond. 
376. ii. SARAH, b. 1700; m. July 30, 1719, Jonathan Howard. He was son 
ot Major Jonathan, and was b. 1692. Res. Bridgewater. Ch. : i. 
Nathan, b. 1720. Was Esq.; m. Jane Howard. 2. Charity, b. 
1721; m. Benjamin Pierce, a descendant of Capt. Michael Pierce. 
3. Susanna, b, 1724; m. 1745. Col. Edward Howard. Their 
daughter was Susannah Howard, who m. Oakes Angier. They 
had a daughter Susannah, whom. April, 1803, Ohver Ames, b. 
April II, 1779; d. Sept 11, 1863. She d. March 28, 1847. Their 
son, Oliver Ames ( manufacturer, b. in Plymouth, Mass., Nov. 
5, 1807; d. in North Easton, Mass., March 9, 1877), was a mem- 
ber of the Massachusetts State Senate during 1852 and 1857. He 
was largely interested with his brother in the development of the 
Union Pacific railroad, and was its president pro tem. from 1866 
until 1868. He was formally elected president of the company 
March 12, 1868, and continued as such until March 8, 1871. He 
was connected with the Credit Mobilier, and in 1873 succeeded 
his brother, Oakes Ames, as the head of the firm. They had a 
son, Oliver, who had a son, Fred L. Oakes Ames, the brother 
of Oliver was a manufacturer, and was b. in Easton, Mass., Jan. 
10, 1804; d, in North Easton, Mass., May 8, 1873. He was the 
eldest son of Oliver Ames, a blacksmith, who had acquired con- 
siderable reputation in the making of shovels and picks. After 
obtaining a public-school education he entered his father's work- 
shop, and made himself familiar with every step of the manufac- 
ture. He became a partner in the business, and with his brother. 
Oliver, Jr., established the firm of Oliver Ames & Sons. This 
house carried on an enormous trade during the gold excitement 
in California, and again a few years later in Australia. During 
the Civil war they furnished extensive supplies of swords and 
shovels to the government In the building of the Union Pacific 
railroad they were directly interested, and obtained large con- 
tracts, which were subsequently transferred to the Credit 
Mobilier of America, a corporation in which Oakes Ames was one 
of the largest stockholders. In 1861 he was called into the exe- 
cutive council of Massachusetts. He served continuously m Con- 
gress from 1862 to 1873, as representative from the Second Mas- 
sachusetts district His relations with the Credit Mobilier led to 
an investigation, which resulted in his being censured by a vo-.e 
ot the House of Representatives. Subsequent to his withdrawal 
from political lite he resided at North Easton, where he died of 


apoplexy May 8, 1873. His wife was Elvira O. Gilmore, b. June 
14, 1809; d. July 20, 1882. Their children were: a. Fred Norton 
Ames, b. Aug. 14, 1833; m. Nov. 13, 1856, Catherine Hayward 

Copeland. Ch. : i. Alice L.. b. . ii. Edward C. Norris; 

Res., Boston, b. Oakes Ames, b. . m. . Res. Canton, 

Mass. 4. Sarah, b. 1726; ra. 1746. Capt. Adams Bailey. 5. Jona- 
than, b. 1729; was captain; m. Phebe Ames. 6. Amy. b. 1734; 
m. Jeremiah Belcher. She d. 181 2. 

377. iii. SUSANNAH, b. Feb. 25, 1702; m. 1721, Joseph Keith. He was son 

of Joseph, and his grandfather was Rev. James Keith, from Aber- 
deen, Scotland. He was b. 1699. Res. first in Easton, and later 
in East Bridgewater. He d. 1777. Ch. : i. Joseph, b. 1722; 
was captain; m. Ann Turner. 2. Abigail, b. 1725; m. Joseph 
Robinson. 3. James, b. 1727; m. Sarah Holman. 4. David, b. 
1728; m. Jemima Whitman. 5. Susanna, b. 1731; m. Peter 
Whitman. 6. Eleazar, b. 1733' m. Elizabeth Mitchell. 7. John, 
b. 1736; m. Alice Mitchell. 8. Seth, b. 1739; m. Abigail Holman. 
9. George, b. 1742; m. Deborah Clift. 

378. iv. JOHN, b. Feb. 27, 1704; m. Mary Howard. 

379. v. JAMES, b. Sept. 12, 1706; d. unm. Aug. ri, 1729. Administration 

of his estate was granted his father. Captain John, Oct. 27, 1729. 

Died at sea. His father appomted administrator. James 

belonged to Providence, that Probate Court having jurisdiction. 

Admitted freeman in 1728. Probate records, 3, pp. 130, 132. 

Inventory of estate made by Joseph Field, William Hopkins. 

Captain John, of Bridgewater, administrator. 
231. RICHARD FIELD (John, John, William, John, Richard. William, Wil- 
liam), b. Providence, R. I., May 17, 1677; m. Jan. 17, 1704, Susanna Waldo, b. 1684. 
B. 8, 42. To James Mathewson, May 17, 1703. — Prov. records. 

7665. Richard Field, of Bridgewater. Susannah Field, his wife, was appointed 
administratrix Nov. 24, 1725. Inventory filed in this case gives the dafe of the 
decease of said Richard, Sept. 14, 1725. No will and no heirs mentioned. 

7666. Richard Field, of Bridgewater. His wife, Susannah Field, appointed 
administratrix Sept. 25, 1734. No will and no heirs mentioned. (There was noth- 
ing in these papers to show that this was a second appointment on the first Richard's 
estate. It may be another Richard.) 

7667. Richard Field et als. On April 13, 1730, Susannah Field was appointed 
gfuardian to her children, viz. : Mercy Field, Zabia Field and Susannah, under the 
age'of^fourteen years, and to Jabez, Richard and Ruth, who were under the age of 
twenty-one. — Plymouth County Probate. 

He d. Sept. 14, 1725. Res. Bridgewater, Mass. 

380. i. ZEBULON, b. Aug. 23, 1707; m. Anna Williams and Patience 


MARY, b. Oct. 5, 1709; m. March 16, 1747, Samuel Noyes. 

RICHARD, b. Oct. 21, 1711; no record. 

JABEZ, b. Sept. 29, 1713; m. Mary Fobes. 

RUTH, b. Aug. 6, 1715; m. Nov. 24, 1737, Israel Packard, Jr. He 
d. 1752, son of Israel and Hannah. She m., 2d, 1754, Joseph 
Ames, son of Thomas, b. 1711. Res. Bridgewater, Mass. By 
her first husband she had four sons and a daughter, all of whom 
d. young. By her second husband she had Zephaniah, b. 1755. 
She d. and he m. 2d, Mrs. Abigail (Lathrop) (Bosworth) Alger. 










385. vi. ZOBIAH, b. March 4, 171Q; d. Nov. 26, 1722. 

386. vii. MERCY, b. Aug. 17, 1723; m. Jan. 29, 1747, Archibald Robinson. 

He was son of Gain Robinson, of Bridgewater, who came from 
Ireland. Ch. : i. Robert, b. 1747. 2. John, b. 1749. 
3S7. viii. SUSANNAH, b. May 18, 1725; m. Oct. 16, 1747, Nathan Hartwell. 
He was son of Samuel. Res. Bridgewater, Mass. She d. 1758, 
and he m. 2d, in 1761, Betty Cushman. Ch. : i. Mary, b. 1753; 
m., 1 78 1, Abner Shirley. 2. Daniel, b. 1755 (major), m. Mehitable 
Copeland. 3. Susannah, b. 1758; m., 1780, Asa Keith. 

388. ix. ZOBIAH, b. March 28, 1705; d. April 3, 1708. 

389. X. SUSANNAH, b. Aug. 6, 1721; d. Nov. 26, 1732. 

233. DANIEL FIELD (John, John, William, John, Richard, William, Wil- 
liam), b. Providence, R. I., July 17, 1681; m. March 6, 1706, Sarah Ames, dau. of 
John, of Bridgewater, b. 1685. He was living in Bridgewater in 1703. 

B. 8, 42. To James Mathewson, May 17, 1703; 1715 blacksmith at Providence. 

7045. Daniel Field, of Bridgewater. Will written Nov. 25, 1746. Legatees 
mentioned, eldest son, Daniel Field, son of Job Field, son Joseph Field, daughter 
Abigail Field, daughter Mehitable Manton, of Providence, and five grandchildren, 
children of his daughter, Hannah Beswick, deceased (their names not given). Job 
and Joseph Field, his sons, appointed executors, March 4, 1746. — Plymouth County 

He d. February, 1746. Res. Bridgewater, Mass. 

390. i. MEHITABLE, b. Nov. 22, 1706; m. Nov. 13, 1733, Edward Manton, 

of Providence, R. I. 

391. ii. HANNAH, b. Feb. 16, 1709; m. March 18, 1734, Charles Beswick. 

Five children. 

392. iii. DANIEL, b. Oct. 5, 1712; m. Susanna Thayer. 

393. iv. JOB, b. Aug. 25, 1714; d. unm. in 1748. 

7655. Job Field, of Bridgewater, yeoman. His will written 
Jan. 16, 1747-8. Legatees mentioned in will : Brother Daniel, 
sister Mehitable Manton, sister Abigail Field. He gives unto the 
children of Charles Beswick five shillings (their names not given). 
He mentions brother Joseph Field, who was appointed executor 
April 4, 1748. — Plymouth County Probate. 
SARAH, b. Jan. 23, 1718. 

JOSEPH, b. ; m. Betty Pray and Rachel 

ABIGAIL, b. ; d. unm. 1750. 7640. Abigail Field, of Bridge- 
water, single woman. Her will written March 21, 1749-50. Lega- 
tees mentioned in will: Brother Daniel Field, brother Joseph 
Field, sister Mehitable Mariton (or Manton), sister Susanna Field, 
cousm Rachel Field, cousin Anna Field, cousins Charles Beswick, 
Ede Beswick and Daniel Beswick. (This abstract was taken from 
the records, as the original papers are missing. The above name, 
Ede Beswick, is a facsimile of record — evidently the copyist could 
not make out the whole name.) Abigail's will was proved, and 
Joseph Field, her brother, was appointed executor May 7, 1750. 
In the bond recorded in this estate she was called "widow," but 
in the letter of appointment was called single woman, the same 
as in the will. 

397. viii. SUSANNA, b. ; m. 1735, Israel Packard, Jr. His second wife. 

He d. 1752. They had five children, and all d. young. She 
m., 2d, 1754, Joseph Ames. 








236. ZACHARIAH FIELD (Zachariah, John, William, John, Richard. Will- 
iam, William), b. Providence, R. I., Jan. 20, 1685; m. before 1706, Abigail . Ad- 
mitted Freeman, 1708. 

B. 2, 285. From John Hawkins, July 21, 1709. 

B. 2, 290. From William Steere, March 25, 1711-12, 4 acres w. of 7-mile line. 

B. 2, 60. Mortgage to G. Crawford, Jan. 22, 1706-7, discharged 1709. 

B. 2, 122. Mortgage to F. Crawford, Feb. 22, 1708-9, discharged 1710. 

B. 2, 252. Award of Land, July g, 1709. 

B. 2. 324. To Elisha Knoulton, March 27, 1714. 

B. 2, 414. To Joseph Whipple, June 25, 1715. 

B. 2, 283, To Zachariah Eddy, July 14, 1709, wife Abigail. 

B. 9, 18, Deed to John Field, son of Zachary, Jr., deceased, Oct. 26, 1731. 

Early Rec, B. 11, 164. 1712, July 2S. Controversy between Zachary Field and 
John Hawkings referred to a Purchasers meetmg. 

He d. between 171 5 and 173 1 ; res. Providence, R. L, and moved away. 
: 395. i. ZACHARIAH, b. about 1706; m. Lydia Titus. 

399. ii. JOHN, b. , 1 70S; m. Elizabeth Snow. 

399^. iii. SARAH, b. Aug. 9, 1710; m. Nov. i, 1737, Joseph Snow, Jr. ; she d. 
July 9, 1753 (see elsewhere for children). 

237. JOHN FIELD (Zachariah, John, William, John, Richard, William, Will- 
iam), b. Providence, R. I., 1687; m. 1712, Hannah . Admitted Freeman 1734. 

Error. M. in Providence, Dec. 13, 1741, Hannah Field and Josiah King. 

B, 4, 73. To William Crawford, March 25, 1713, wife Hannah resigns dower 
May 4, 1713- 

Probate, Book 3, p. 298. Inventory ;^77 6d. 

Probate, Book 3, p. 310. Widow Hannah administratrix and to support his 

Prov. Early Rec, 9, 115. 1735, Nov. 24. John Field living on west side of 
Mashapauge Pond, etc. 

He d. in Rhode Island, April 2, 1737; res. Providence, R. I. 

400. i. JOSEPH, b. 1715; m. Susannah Hambleton. 
400K. ii- OTHER children. 

240. JOSEPH FIELD (Zachariah, John, William, John. Richard, William. 

William), b. Providence, R. I., , 1693; m. , Zerviah Carey, daughter of 

Joseph and Abigail, b. 1697; d. June 28, 1787 Inventory presented 1768. His son 
Isaac was administrator June 23, 1768. 

B. 4, 145. To William Crawford, March 26, 171 5, all outlying lands. 

B. 3, 17. Of William Crawford, March 26, 1715, homestead estate, of John ist 
and Zachary 3d. 

B. 7, 134. From Bro. Daniel, June iS, 1719, His int. in James Est. 

B. 8, 214. From Nicholas Lapham, Sept. 23, 1729. 

B 3, 466. From Peleg Williams, May 25, 1731. 

B. II, 246. From Joseph, Jr. (42), Oct i, 1744. Int. in uncle James Est. 

B. 273. From Jeremiah Field, 1744, land at Mashapaug. 

B. 314. From Bro. Daniel (15), Oct. 30, 1745. Int. in Bro. James Est. 

B. 331. From Joseph Jr. (42), March 14, 1745. Int. in uncle James Est. 

B. 17, 499. From Archibald Young, July t, 1767, Hawkings Cove. 

B. 5,465. Probate Records. Inventory, ^255 14s. i7d. Set forth by son Isaac 
who was made administrator June 21, 1768. 

He d. June 4, 1768; res. Providence, R. I. 

401. i. ISAAC, b. Nov. i8, 1743; m. Martha Hartshorn. 
4<j2. ii. SARAH, b. Oct. 24, 1740; d. April 7, 179;. 


242. THOMAS FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, William, 
William), b. Providence, R. I., Jan. 3, 1670; m. there Abigail Hopkins, daughter 
of William and Abigail Hopkins; m., 2d, April 2S, 1737, Abigail Chaffee; she d. 
soon after 1752. June 7, 1725, he deeded "for fatherly love and affection, which 1 
have for my eldest son Thomas Field, Jr., etc., lot of land where he liveth, in the 
lands of Pawtuxet, on west side of Pauchasset river, 140 acres and buildings, with- 
out limitation, 1730-42, Town Council. April 5, 1732, he deeded son Anthony for 
love and good-will, certain lands, viz., 5 acres that was my honored father, 
Thomas Field's, deceased, also lots of 80 acres and 62 acres, etc. April 26, 1737, he 
made an agreement with Abigail Chaffee, two days before his marriage, concern- 
ing property, 1742, deputy. Jan. 18, 1744. 

B. 2, 353. From Wm. Crawford, Aug. 12, 1714. Edward Harte's right. 

B. 2, 406. From Wm. Crawford. 

B. 2, 492. From Thomas, Sen., May 19, 171 5. 

B. T,, 54. From Elisha Arnold, Dec. 28, 171 7, land at Pawtuxet. 

B. 4, no. To Samuel Gorton, Dec. 17, 1719. 

B. 6, -j-j. To Robert Crane, June 3, 1723. 

B. 6, 330. Benjamin Paine, April 27, 1723. 

B. 7, 34. To Elisha Smith, March 3, 1725. 

B. 8, 501. To Son Thomas, June 7, 1725. 

B. 9, 109. To son Anthony, April 12, 1732. 

B. 9, 150. To Zachariah Eddy, Jr., Nov. 8, 1728. 

B. 9, 412. To Moses Lippitt, May 28, 1735, right of Thos. Weston. 

B. 9, 414. To son Thomas, Feb. 13, 1734-5- 

B. 9, 384. To Pardon Sheldon, March 4, 1734-35. 

B. Aio, 105. To son Jeremiah, March 30, 1737. 

B. Aio, 255. To son Nathaniel, property which he had lately given to Jere- 

B. Aio, 399. To son Thomas, 1738-39, land at Pawtuxet. 

B. II, 223. To son Jeremiah, May 12, 1744. — " 

Probate 2, 20. Son and heir to Thomas called Yeoman, Sept. 13, 1717. 

Probate 4, 30S. Widow, Abigail, appointed administratrix, void. 

Probate 4, 311. Will proved. See below. No property. 

Thomas was living in 1746, as son Jeremiah is appointed his guardian, he being 
unable to care for himself. 

Will dated Jan. 17, 1743; presented for probate Feb. 17, 1753. Jeremiah to 
be executor. Will was objected to by son Thomas on account of incompetency of 
father, but Jeremiah reported that there was no property. 

"Monday Morning, Feb. 20. 1882. 
"Mr. George T. Paine. 

"Dear Sir: I verj' much regretted not seeing you last week, and being desir- 
ous to give you as little trouble as possible, 1 call at your office to-day, and lest I 
should not find you, I am writing this note to leave. Unless there is some reason 
for the belief, that Abigail Field was not the daughter of Wm. Hopkins, except 
that she was not mentioned in his will, I shall leave it for the Hopkins to prove the 
contrary. The idea of her being called 'Hopkins' by courtesy is not reasonable, 
especially on her marriage. It is evident her mother had one Hopkins boy, and 
when she speaks of her first husband's son, calls him by his true name, and so does 
her husband. 

"Thomas Field was a very rich man, for his day, and fathers of that day, so 
little inclined to give to daughters anything, but household goods any way, it was 
not strange if he thought it unnecessary; besides he might not have liked Thos. 


Field, many of that day did not like him, he was arbitrary and exacting. Again, 
all those old Fields were apt to mention degrees of relationship. Thomas 2d, who 
referred to his 'two grandfathers,' did not hesitate when the estate was to be set- 
tled, to summon his 'mother-in-law,' Abigail (Chaffee) Field. They were too proud 
and independent to admit of patronage of any sort, even from a step-grandfather, 
though a Hopkins. I remember hearing Uncle George Field tell with tearful ap- 
preciation of the heroism of 'Old Uncle Stephen Hopkins,' when he signed the 
'Declaration,' being a paralytic, said, 'My hand trembles, but my heart don't.' 

'However, 1 am open to conviction. 1 am puzzled over Thomas 50 and Thomas 
44 (see Mrs. Brovvneli's Field Genealogy, p. 10). Mrs. Wiaid says, 'My grandfather 
married Hannah Irons.' She had not seen my book. Mrs. Wiaid's father was 
Darius Field, and if born in 1777 (see last page of the book), it would be right for 
the marriage 1775. But this Thomas was not son of Silas so I leave it. 

"With thanks for the loan of the book, I remain, 

"Very truly yours, 

"H. A. Brownell. 

Capt. John, ist, of Bridgewater, did not mention two of his daughters in his 

Will of Thomas Field— Providence Probate Docket, Vol. I. No. A610. Will 
Book No. 4, page 311. 

Jn the Name of God amen I Thomas Field of Providence in the County of 
Providence and Colony of Rhoad Jsland in New England yeoman being a ToUar- 
able state of helth and in my Right mind and memory and vnderstanding as to a 
Disposing mind Thanks be giuen to allmighty God therefore and Knowing it is 
appointed for all men once to Die and knowing not how soon it may Please God to 
take me out of this World; and being minded to set my house in order while I haue 
a being Jiere in this world Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament 
first and Principally I Giue and bequest my Sole vnto God that Gaue it and my 
body to the Earth to be Decantly Buryed at the Discretion of mine Executor here 
after mentioned and named and as touching such worldly Estate as it hath Pleased 
God to bless me with in this world I Giue and Dispose of in the following manner 
and form first I Will and ordain that all my Just Debts that I owe to any Person 
either in Right or Concrance shall well and Truly be Paid and ansured and ordained to 
be paid in sum Conueniant time after my decease by mine Executor hereafter named 

Jtem I Giue and Bequest vnto my Louemg wife Abigail Field the sum of Forty 
Pounds in Bills of Publick credit of said Colony of the old tenor money Eqvielant 
thereto to be Paid to her by my Executor hereafter named and Likewise I oblige my 
Executor to fuUfill all my agreements made with my wife which I made before mar- 
rige and is vnder hand and seal Likewise I Giue and bequest vnto my Loueing wife 
all and Euery Part of what she brought with her to me when I married her as Bed 
and beding and sundry other Household stuff. 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath vnto my Loeing son Thomas Field the sum of fif- 
teen pounds in Bills of Credit of the old tenor to be paid within one year after my 
Decease by my Executor hereafter named 

Jtem I Giue and Bequest vnto my Loeing son Jeremiah Field my Lott of Land 
Lying in the Township of Siteuate in the County of Prouidence abouesaid Lott 
Lyeth on boath sides of Punhanset Riuer Containing Two Hundred and Fifty acres 
or thereabouts and also one Lott of Land in the Lands of Pautuxet on the west side 
of Pauchasets Riuer in the Township of Prouidence aforesaid and adjoj-ning to the 
seuen mile Line so caled Containing one Hundred and Fifty acres or thereabouts 
both the aforementioned Lotts to be and Remain vnto my said son Jeremiah Field 
his Heirs and assigns for Euer 


Jtem I Giue and bequeath my Loueing son Nathaniel Field the sum of four 
Pounds in money to be Paid unto my said son his Heirs &c: by my Executor here- 
after named in one 3'ear after my decease 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath vnto my Loueing son Anthony Field my Lott of 
Land Lying in the Township of Glocester in the County of Providence aforesaid 
said Lott Lyeth near Chapachit Ceeder swamp Containing one Hundred and seuenty 
acres beit more or Less to be and Remain vnto my said son Anthony Field his 
Heirs and Assigns for Euer 

Jtem 1 Giue and bequeath vnto my Loueing son Jeremiah Field whome I Like- 
wise Make Constitute ordain and appoint to be my whole and sole Executor of this 
my Last Will and Testament all my Moueable Estate after ray Just Debts Leageses 
and Funeral Charges are Paid if any there be Remaining and to his Heirs and 
Assigns &c In Witness and for Conhrmation of all the Particulars of this my Last 
Will and Testament I the said Thomas Field haue herevnto set my hand and seal this 
Eighteenth Day of January in the seuenteenth year of his Majestyes Reign George 
the second King of Grate Britain &c: Anno que; Domine — 1743-44 
Signed Sealed Published Declared and Pronounced to be the Last Will and Testa- 
ment in the presence of vs 

Thomas Field ls 

James Arnold 

A: Francis 

Samuel Boyles 
Proved December 16, 1752. 

He d. July 17, 1752; res. Providence, R. I. 

403. i. THOMAS, b. , i6g6; m. Abigail . 

404. ii. STEPHEN, b. in Providence ; d. at sea Sept. 10, 1727; m. 

Sarah; had one child that lived a few years; widow Sarah m. 
William Smith March 31, 1732-33. Sarah was appointed administra- 
trix of his estate Dec. 11, 1727; m. Sarah Smith, daughter of John 
the Miller, 3d (see Austin's Diet., p. 383). Admitted Freeman 

Probate 3, 89. Inventory. Relict and widow Sarah. Mentions 

Probate 3, 245. Bill of Sarah Smith (widow of Stephen Field). 
For child's clothing 3 yrs and 3 mos. ; for child's funeral expenses. 

Was a Blacksmith. 

Mrs. Brownell, 1724. To Wm. Page land in right of Thomas 
James between Weybosset Hill and Muddy Brook. 

Early Records XII, p. 22. 1720, Nov. 26. Appt. Administrator 
of estate of Hannah Wailes. 

405. iii. JEREMIAH, b. ; m. Abigail Waterman. 

.406. iv. NATHANIEL, b. ; m. Margaret Barstow. 

407. v. ANTHONY, b. ; m. Mehitable Whipple. 

408. vi. JOSEPH, b. before 1699; ^- at sea; Oct. 5, 1736. Probably unmarried. 

A mariner. Admitted Freeman 1720. 

B. 8, 214. From Nicholas Lapham, Sept. 23, 1729. 

Council Records, July 2, 1737, Jeremiah Field appointed admin- 
istrator. Father Thomas, declines. 

B. 3, 218. Probate Rec. 3, 218. Father Thomas refused to ad- 
minister. Bro. Jeremiah appointed. 

B. 3. 219. Inventory made July 19, 1737, by Josiah Pain and 
Richard Waterman, Jr. Inventory, ;^79 i6s. lod. 


245. WILLIAM FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, William, John. Richard. William. 
William), b. Providence, R. I., June 8, 1682; m. Martha ; m., 2d, in Provi- 
dence, Mary Mathewson; she d. after 1729. Admitted Freeman 1708, M., 3d, Mary, 

who outlived him, and afterwards m. Moore. Austin says he m. Mary 

Mathewson, daughter of James and Hannah, and that she d. 1729. He had a 
brother-in-law, Thomas Mathewson. 

Probate 3, 137. In his will he directs all his children except John and Charles 
to provide for their mother, and these may have been children of the first wife. 

B. 2, 86. To Thomas Mathewson, Dec. 2, 1707, brother-in-law. 

B. 2, 382. To James Browne, March 4, 1714-15. 

B. 5, 130. To Zachariah Eddy, Jr., Sept. 14, 1721. 

B. 5, 284. To David Rutingbar, May 17, 1717. 

B. 7, 150. To John Pray, Jr., Aug. 26, 1726. 

B. 7, 237. To Robert Currie, Jan. i, 1727-8. 

B. 7, 238. To Robert Currie, May 15, 1725. 

B. 7, 264. To William Turpin, May 15, 1725. 

B. 9, 403. From Thomas (Sen.), Sept. 11, 1708. 

His will was dated Oct. 16, 1729, proved. 

To dau. Martha Browne, lot &c., for her son Gideon or his elder bro. 

To son Joseph (a minor) lot on Town St. 

To son Nathan (a minor) a lot on Town St. and land at Snaile's Hill. 

To dau. Mary lot on Town St. 

To sons William and Thomas (minors). 

To wife Mary. 

To sons John and Charles the lots of land given /ii'm by his mother Martha dec. 

To sons John & Charles his land at Wanskuck. 

To son John his salt meadow at Pungansett 

Early Records, Vol. XI, p. 137. Elected constable June 6, 1709. 

He deeded to brother-in-law Thomas Mathewson for good- will, «&c., 4 acres 
(confirmed by Thomas Field, father of said William), 1708, Freeman, 1727, March 
13. he, of the one part, deeded Nicholas, Richard and Henry Harris, of the other 
part, for purpose of establishing boundary line, they all choosing Capt. Wm. Pot- 
ter, to make partition between them ' 'of a certain piece of land, being that which 
was the front of that which was the homestead of our honoured grandfather. 
Thomas Harris, deceased." 

Will of William Field.— Providence Probate Docket, Vol. I. No. A327. Will 
Book No. 3, page 137. 

I William ffeild of the Towne of Prouidence in the Colony of Rhoad Jsland and 
Prouidence plantations Jn New England: yeoman. Being now sick and weake of 
Body: but of sound dissposeing mind and memory Praise be Given to God for the 
same ; Doe make this my Last Will and Testament ; Jn manner and forme follow- 
ing; first and Prinsipally I Commit my spirit to Almighty God my Creator: and my 
body I Commit to the Earth : to be decently buried att the discression of my Exec- 
utrix: herein After named: and as to the outward and worldly Esstate the Lord 
hath Lent mee in this present world I Give and bequeath as followeth : 

Jmprimis as to my homestead whereon I now dwell: I Give and bequeath in 
the following manner and forme — I Giue to my daughter Martha Browne one small 
Lott of Land adjoyneing on the East side of the Towne streets in said Prouidence 
and on the south side of James Browne Junrs houslot whereon he Liueth : Contain- 
ing of fifty foot in breadth: north and south bounding on the west end with the said 
Town streete and from thence to Extend Eastward Eighty foot bounding on the 
north side with the said James Brownes Land and to hold the full breadth of fifty 


foot at Each end and so the whole Length : the said Lott of Land to be and Re- 
mains to my said Daughter Martha Browne her heirs Executors Administrators and 
Assigns: with the preuiledges and appurtinanses theireunto belonging for Euer 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath to my son Joseph ffeild: one Lott of Land fifty foot 
in Breadth north and south bounding on the west End with the said Towne streete 
and from thence to Extend Eastward holding the same breadth Eighty foot: bound- 
ing on the north side with the Land I haue Given to my Daughter Martha Browne: 
To Haue and To Hold the said Lott of Land unto him my said son Joseph ffeild 
and to his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns with the previledges and 
Appurtinanses for Euer. 

Jtem I Give and bequeath to my son Nathan ffeild: one small Lott of Land 
adjoyneing on the west side of the said Town streete of fifty foot in breadth north 
and south bounding on the west End with the said streete; and from thence to 
Extend Eastward holdeing the same breadth of fifty toot: vntill Jt Comes Eighty 
foot Eastward from said Townn sreete : and to be taken in that place where on : 
Doctr Henry sweeteing hath built a house: To Have and To Hold the said Lott 
ot Land unto him my said son Nathan ffeild his Heirs Executors Administrators 
and Assigns with the preuiledges and Appurtinanses thereunto belonging tor Euer. 

Jtem I Give and bequeath to my daughter Mary ffeild one small Lott of Land 
adjoyneing on the East side of the Town streete bounding on the south side with 
the Land belonging to the Heirs of Major William Crawford: and from thence to 
Extend fifty foot northward bounding on the East side of said streete: and from 
thence to Extend Eastward Eighty foot holding the full breadth of fifty foot: To 
Haue and To Hold the said small Lott of Land unto her my said Daughter mary 
ffeild her Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns with the Preuiledges and 
Appurtinanses for Euer. 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath to my two sons William ffeild and Thomas ffeild all 
the Remaining part of my homestead Land whereon my Dwelling house standeth 
in said Prouidence to be equally deuided betwixt them my said two sons William 
and Thomas: and to beandRemaine unto them theire Heirs Executors Administra- 
tors and Assigns To Have and To Hold with all the buildings and Appurtinanses 
thereunto belonging foreuer: But my will is and I doe hereby Order that my loue- 
ing wife Mary ffeild shall haue the whole management use and profet of my said 
homestead and buildings thereon untill my said two sons shall attaine and Come 
to the age of twenty one years: for her to Jmproue prouided shee Remaines a 
Widow for the support and nurture of herself and famoly but in Case shee shall 
marry before my said sons shall attaine to that age: then my will is that shee shall 
be quitt of all my said homestead Lands and preuiledges : and that there shall be 
Gardians Chosen to my Children who shall haue power to Rent and Jmproue my 
said homestead Lands and buildings thereon for the use and profet of my famely 
untill my said sons William and Thomas shall attaine to the age of twenty one 
years: At which age Each ot them shall Jnherit his part 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath to my son Nathan ffeild all that my Lott of Land att 
the place Called snailes hill in said Prouidence neck: To Haue and To Hold the 
said Lott of Land unto him my said son Nathan his Heirs Executors Administra- 
tors and Assigns with the preuiledges and Appurtinanses theireunto belongmg for 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath to my son Joseph ffeild all my Lands and farms att 
the place Called the new ffeilds: and in the place Called the neck in Prouidence 
aboue said: To Haue and To Hold the said Land unto him my said son Joseph 
ffeild his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns with the preuiledges and 
Appurtinanses thereunto belonging for Euer. Rut my will is that my wife shall 


haue full Power and Command of thtse two Last Percells of Land as of the other 
part afore mentioned Jf shee Remaine a widdow: and in Case shee marry then to 
be managed as is prouided in the other part by Gardians untill my said sons shall 
attaine to the age of twenty one years: being Giuen under the same tennure as the 
other is: or: so: Jntended 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath to my two sons John ffeild and Charles ffeild all that 
my part of the two Lotts of Land that was Giuen mee by my honrd Mother Martha 
ffeild, deceased, which are sctuate Lieing and being in said Prouidence Town 
adjoyneing on the south side of the Land belonging to the Heirs of Major William 
Crawford, deceased, to be Equally deuided betwixt them my said two sons John and 
Charles: and to be and Remaine unto *^hem theire Heirs Executors Administrators 
and Assigns To Haue and To Hold with the preuiledges and Appurtinanses for 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath unto my son John ffeild my half Lott of Land within 
that tract of Land Called the stated Common in said Prouidence to be and Remaine 
unto him his Heirs and Assigns for Euer 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath unto my son Charles flfeild my Half small house Lott 
which was Layed out in the Last deuision of house Lotts in the Land Called Dex- 
tors Lane: to be and Remaine unto him my said son Charles his heirs and Assigns 
with the preuiledges and Appurtinanses foreuer 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath unto my said two sons John ffeild and Charles ffeild 
all my Lands att the place Caled Wenschcutt in Prouidence abouesaid to be 
Equally Deuided betwixt them and to be and Remaine unto them my said two sons 
John and Charles theire Heirs and Assigns for Euer 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath unto my son John ffeild all my salt meadow and 
Right in the Thatch Coue at the place Called Punganset in Prouidence abouesaid — 
to be and Remaine unto him his heirs and Assigns with the preuiledges and Appur- 
tinanses for Euer 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath to my son Charles ffeild all my right in the Thatch 
beds Lieing up in the Riuer Called Wonasquotuckett Riuer in Prouidence aforesaid 
to be and Remaine unto him his Heirs and Assigns with the preuiledges and 
Appurtinanses for Euer 

And my will is and I do hereby order that the Lott of Land I haue Giuen to my 
daughter Martha Browne shall be to her son my Grandson Gidian Browne when he 
shall attaine to the age of twenty one years: and to his Heirs and Assigns foreuer: 
and Jn case he shal dye before he shall attaine to that age then the said Lott shall 
be and Remaine to his Eldest brother that shall attaine to the said age of twenty 
one years: and to be and Remaine to his Heirs and Assigns for Euer. And my will 
further is that Jn case my Loueing wife shall Remaine a widdow and bare my 
name; then shee shall haue the East end of my dwelling house Called the parler 
and a preuiledg in the seller under said house and Preuiledg in the yard and Liberty 
of freiut in my orchard for her Nessesary use and to pass and Repass ouer and upon 
my Land- as shee shall see cause dureing the term of her Natural Life; but Jn case 
shee shall marry then to haue thirte pounds out of my moueable Esstate: and so to 
be quitt: And in Case shee doth Remaine a widdow then my two sons Nathan 
ffeild and Joseph ffeild shall find and prouide firewood for there mother my said 
wife and Carry it home to her doore dureing all the term of her Life and my other 
two sons as namely William ffeild and Thomas ffeild shall find and prouide suffi- 
ciant meate drink Cloathing and all other things nessesary with sufficiant attend- 
ance both in sickness and helth for theire mother my said wife dureing the term of 
her natural Life 

Jtem my will is that Jn case Either or any of my said sons shall dye before they 


attaine to the age of twenty-one years then there parts that shall so decease, shall be 
deuided amongst his or theire suruiueing brothers: and to be and Remaine to theire 
heirs and Assigns for Euer 

Jtem I Giue and bequeath unto my Loueing wife Mary fFeild all my household 
stuff of all sorts: and for her to Giue a portion thereof to my daughter Mary fFeild 
as shee shall see cause; and as to all the Rest. of my moueable Esstate after all my 
Just debts funeral Charges and other Expenses are duely paid and my Children 
brought up: what then after Remaines I Giue Equally to be deuided amongst all 
my sons: And 1 doe name ordaine Appoynt and make my Loueing wife Mary ffeild 
sole Executrix to this my Last will and testament to Receive and pay all my Just 
debts unto whose Care I Commit the bringing up and tuision of my small Children. 
— Jn witness whereof I doe hereunto sett my hand and seale this sixteenth day of 
October in the yeare of our Lord one thousand seauen hundred and twenty nine. 
Signed sealled pronounced and Memorandum 

declared in the presence of us before signeing and 

sealeing. I Giue to 

Jabez Bowen my daughter Martha 

William Potter Browne: ten 

Richard Waterman Junr sheepe William field ls. 

Proved December ist, 1729. 

He d. Nov. 5, 1729; res. Providence, R. 1. 

409. i. MARTHA, b. in Providence, 1710; m. Jan. 7. 1727, Joseph Brown. 

Joseph Brown was son of Rev. James and Mary (Harris) (John. 
Chad); b. May 5, 1701; d. May 8, 1778, in North Providence; she 
d. April 19, 1736, aged 26. He m., 2d, Abigail Waterman, b. 
1711; d. May 23, 1784, aged 73. Joseph lived in North Providence 
on what is now Chalkstone avenue, on the north side of the road. 
The old homestead is still standing and is a little to the east of the 
present Obadiah Brown farrn. It is a large white house with a 
substantial chimney in the center. Joseph Brown made his will 
April 15. 1772; it was proved in North Providence, June 6, 1778, 
and is recorded in Book A, p. 175-6, at the Pawtucket city hall. 
He and his two wives are buried at North End in the same lot 
with Rev. Chad Brown. Ch. of Joseph and Martha (Field) Brown: 
I. Gideon, b. 1728; d. 1807 'Q Johnston, R. I.; m., ist, Ruth 
Rutinburg; 2d, Sarah Place. 2. William, b. about 1780. 3. Mar- 
tha, b. about 1732. 4. John, b. April 6, 1734; d. 1815 in Johnston, 
R. I. ; m. Sarah Harris. 5. Anne, b. Jan. 4, 1736. Ch. of Joseph 
and Abigail Brown. 6. Joseph, b. 1739. 7- Elisha, b. April i, 
1748. 8. Andrew, b. 1750. "The Chad Browne Memorial," pub- 
lished m 1888, takes up the descendants of Joseph Brown by his 
second wife, and gives little information of Martha Field's poster- 
ity. Clarence I. Brown, of Thornton, R. I., is compiling an 
account of the Brown family of Johnston, R. I., particularly the 
descendants of Martha Field. 

410. ii. JOSEPH, b. about 1720; m. Sarah Harding. 

411. iii. NATHAN, b. ; probably d. unm. June 20, 1743, or Sept. 28, 

1747, intestate. Not of age in 1729, Oct. 16, when his father's will 
is'dated. B. 12, 152. Charles Field sells Sept. 2S, 1747, to Stephen 
Hopkins, land belonging to his brother Nathan, supposed dead. 

412. iv. MARY, b. ; m. Caleb Arnold, of Warwick. 

413. v. WILLIAM, b. ; m. Jemima . 














414. vi. THOMAS, b.*about 1708; m. Margaret — --. 

415. vii. JOHN, b. 1712; m. Deborah . 

416. ix. CHARLES, b. Feb. 6, 1714; m. Waite Dexter. 

250. JOHN FEILD (Jeremiah, Joseph, Edward, William, John, John, Will- 
iam), b. Chellow, in Heaton, England; m. , Grace (Rhodes) Hodgson, dau. of 

Timothy Rhodes, of Heaton, and relict of Thomas Hodgson, of Little Horton. She 
was buried at Bradford, Dec. 5, 1702; m., 2d, in Bradford, May 27, 1708, Susan Binns, 
of Allerton; baptized April 17, 1687; she was a widow m 1749. John, after the 
death of his first wife, Grace, m. May 27, 1708, Susan, dau. of John Binns, of Aller- 
ton, at Bradford, where this lady was baptized April 17, 1687. She was living, a 
widow, in 1749. John Feild his second wife Susan, a dau., Mercy, baptized 
at Bradford. Sept. 9, 1708, who d. young, buried Nov. 30, 171 6. Jeremiah, baptized 
Feb. 10. 1709-10, buried at Bradford, Sept. 2. 1718; and Jonathan, baptized March 
4, 1714, buried March 21, 1715, at Bradford. He was buried Jan. 18, 1731; res. 
Bradford, England. 

JOHN, b. 1701 ; m. Mary Eamondson. 

JUDITH, eldest dau., m. to Henry Atkinson, of Bradford, marriage 
settlement dated Dec. 29, 1733; living 1751. 

GRACE, baptized at Bradford, Sept. 19, 1708. 

MERCY, d. young, buried Feb. 24, 1720. 

JOSEPH, d. young; buried Nov. 30,^716. 

JEREMIAH, baptized Feb. 10, 1709; buried at Bradford, Sept, 2, 

423. vii. JONATHAN, baptized March 4. 1714; buried at Bradford, March 

21, 1715. 

256. SAMUEL FEILD (William, William, Edward, Edward, Christopher, 
John, Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. London, 
England, ; m. . . He d. before 1657; res. London, England. 

424. i. WILLIAM, b. ; m. Elizabeth . 

425. ii. MARY, b. ; m. Oliver Boteler, of Harold, County Bedford. 

260. ROBERT FIELD (Elnathan. Robert, Robert, William, Christopher, 

John, Christopher, John), b. Newtown, L. I., May 12, 1698; m. , Elizabeth 

Hicks. Robert Field, of Newtown, eldest son. named in the wills of his father, 
uncle Robert and aunt Phcebe. His own dated August 10, 1765. Elizabeth Hicks, 
his wife, named in her husband's will, and also in that of his uncle Robert Field, 
Dec. 10, 1734. He d. Dec. 19, 1767; res. Newtown, L. I. 

426. i. ELNATHAN, b. ; m. Mary Willet. 

427. ii. ROBERT, b. ; named in his father's will and in that of his 

great aunt, Phoebe Field. 

428. iii. BENJAMIN, b. ; named in his lather's will ; removed to Middle- 

town. N. J. 

429. iv. JACOB,b. ; named in his father's will; was assessor April 5, 

1796; overseer of the poor, 1835 to 1842. Hem. Charity Whitehead, 
dau. of Thomas. Ch. : i. Mary; m. Samuel Blackwell. 2. Eliza- 
beth. 3. Henry. 4, Jacob. The father d. April 26, 1 815, aged 82. 

430. V. STEPHEN, b. ; named in his father's will; m. Helena White- 

head, dau. of Thomas. Ch. : i. Frances. 2. Deborah Smith, m. 

Van Dorn. 3. Sarah, m. Thomas Keeler. 4. Waters. 5. 

Hannah, m. Jacob Field. 6. Richard. 7. Stephen, b. Oct. i, 
1774; m. Sarah Blackwell. He d. April 15, 1828. Ch. : a. Abigail 


Helen, b. ; m. Cornelius Layster. b. Sarah Maria, c. Rob- 
ert M., of New York city. d. Stephen, e. Cornelia. 

431. vi. ABIGAIL, b. ; m. Samuel Moore. Samuel Moore named in 

will of Robert Field, Aug. 10, 1765. Abigail Field, named in her 
father's will. 

432. vii. DEBORAH, b. ; m. Daniel Betts and Walter Smith. Walter 

Smith named in will of Robert Field, Aug. 10, 1765. Deborah 
Field, named in her father's will. 

433. viii. THOMAS, b. . 

434. ix. WHITEHEAD, b. ; m. and had sons, Daniel and Austin. 

267. ROBERT FIELD (Benjamin. Robert, Robert, William, Christopher. 
John, Christopher, John), b. Jan. 6, 1694, Flushing, L. I. ; m. in 1721-22, Mary Tay- 
lor, dau. of Samuel and Susannah, b. March 31, 1700. In Book L of Deeds in the office 
of the Secretary of State of New Jersey at Trenton, page 93, is recorded a deed, Dec. 
18, 1 721, in which Nathan Allen, of Monmouth county, gentleman, conveys to Rob- 
ert Field, of the county of Burlington, cooper, for the consideration of ;^8oo, one 
certain plantation lying and being in the county of Burlington, etc., beginning at a 
chestnut tree by river Delaware, thence N. 52 degrees. E 23^ chains to a small 
black oak, thence E. 23, chains to a large white oak in the line of John Albertino, 
deceased, yeoman, thence south 29 degrees 13)^ chains to a small black oak, down 
the road to Black's bridge, thence down the creek to an ash tree, thence N. W. till 
it intersects Anthony Woodward's line, thence E. 27 chains to the head line of Rob- 
ert Murfin, thence W. S. W. 19 chains in ye sd line, thence N. 10 chains, 
thence W. 15 chams to the corner of William Black's lands, thence N. 28 chains to 
a small black oak, thence N. W. to the river Delaware, thence down the several 
courses thereof to the place of beginning, containing 500 acres more or less. This 
tract contains the site of White Hill and the village of Fieldsboro. Res. White 
Hill, Burlington county, N. J. 

435. i. ROBERT, b. May 9, 1723; m. Mary Peale. 

436. ii. SUSANNAH, b. Feb. 27, 1730. 

437. iii. SAMUEL, b. Feb. — , 1736. 

438. iv. TWO other children. 

268. AMBROSE FIELD (Benjamin, Robert, Robert, William, Willam, John. 
John, William), b. Newtown, L. I.; m. 1705, Susanna Decow. In 1705, "Amoras," 
or Ambrose Field, son of Benjamin, was married to Susanna Decow. Their mar- 
riage certificate having eighty names appended thereto. Res. Newtown, L. 1. 

439. i. SUSANNA, mentioned in the will of her uncle Robert. 

440. ii. BENJAMIN, b. ; m. Mary Barton. 

271. JOHN FIELD (Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, William, John, 
John, William), b. Flushing, L. I., Jan. 13, 1694; m. there Jan. 12, 1720, Elizabeth 
Woolsey, dau. of John, b. June 24, 1769. He d. March 23. 1773; res. Flushing, L. I. 

441. i. HANNAH, b. , named in Flushing record and d. there March 

20, 1773. 

272. SAMUEL FIELD (Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, Christopher, 
John, Christopher, John), b. at Peach Pond, Flushing, L. I., Oct 10, 1696; m. 
March 7, 1718, Mary Palmer, dau. of William, granddaughter of Samuel; she d. 
Aug. 5, 1775. He was born in Flushing, L. I., where he resided and where he was 
married. Some time after his marriage, about 1732, he moved to the Oblong, locat- 
ing on Dingle Ridge, now in South East, Putnam county, N. Y., where his last child, 
Jane, was born. She was the first white child born on the Oblong. Samuel be- 


came a prosperous farmer, a well known and highly respected citizen, and whose 
well preserved house is still standing. He was a Quaker and belonged to the Soci- 
ety of Friends. 

Another account says: Samuel appeared on Dingle Ridge on the Oblong before 
1733 with sons, William, John and Stephen, and daughters, Elizabeth and Anna. 
He settled on a square one mile north and south and seven-eighths of a mile east 
and west, on the south side of the town of South East. Dutchess county, N. Y., 
since set off as a part of Putnam county. He was probably the first settler on the 
Oblong in South East. His daughter Jane, bom Aug. 18, 1733, was the first white 
child born on the Oblong. Samuel's will recorded in the Surrogate's office, 
Poughkeepsie, is a unique document. He was a prominent citizen of South East ; 
was supervisor 1754-56; was a prominent member of the Society of Friends, as were 
his children. He and many of his descendants were buried in the Friends' burying 
ground at Peach Pond, where, unfortunately for us, no records were kept and no 
inscriptions on the stones. 

He d. Sept. 10, 1783; res. Flushing, L. I. 

442. i. WILLIAM, b. April 15, 1721; m. Deborah Boyd and Hannah Van 


443. ii. JOHN VAN WYCK, b. March 13, 1729; m. and Charity 


444. iii. STEPHEN, b. Nov. 10, 1730; m. March 17, 1757, Molly Hunt, and 

d. s. p. 

445. iv. HANNAH, b. June 11, 1719. 

446. V. ELIZABETH, b. Feb. 4, 1724; m. Elias Palmer. 

447. vi. ANN, b. Dec. 25, 1726; m. Nov. 12, 1747, David Palmer; she d. 

July 12, 1794. He was son of Obadiah and Anne of Mamaroneck, 
N. Y., Westchester county. David and Anne (Field) Palmer had 
ch., p. 194, Ob. Q. Rec. : i. Elizabeth, b. June 14, 1748. 2. John, 
b. Oct. 23, 1750. 3. Stephen, b. Dec. 23, 1752. 4. Silvanus, b. 
Jan. 18, 1755. 5. Jesse, b. Jan. 5, 1757. 6. David, b. Dec. 9, 1759. 

448. vii. JANE, b. Aug. 18, 1733; m. Dec. i, 1757, Samuel Coe, shed. Jan. 

17, 1808. Ch. : I. Mary, b. Sept. 15, 1758; m. Eleazer Ryder, b. 
South East, N. Y., Nov. 5, 1764, son of John and Sarah Ryder. 
Eleazer occupied a house which stood on the corner of the high- 
way from Brewster, N. Y., to Danbury, Conn. The spot is marked 
by a huge rock which formed one side of the dwelling. Three of 
his children were born there. On May 5, 1794, he purchased 130 
acres, a portion of the present Ryder farm on the westerly side of 
Peach Lake, where he built the houses that form the present resi- 
dence and to which he removed. He was an energetic and indus- 
trious farmer, weaver, merchant and marketman. It is said that 
he often obtained the money to pay for his hired help on the farm 
by working wilh his loom at night. He kept a country store on 
his premises and further supplied his own and his neighbors' wants 
by driving a market wagon thrice a week to Sing Sing, transport- 
ing the surplus products of the community to the Hudson river, 
the avenue of trade with New York, and returning with the man- 
ufactures that that locality produced. He was a Whig, and all his 
descendants became Republicans. He d. May 25, 1840, and his 
wife passed away June 3, 1840. Ch. : i. Sarah; m. Benjamin 
Raymond. A descendant is Mrs. Theodorus B. Nash, of South 
Norwalk, Conn. 2. Samuel ; m. Rozanna Field, dau. of 


Stephen and Betsey (Brown). 3. Col. Stephen; m. Betsy Nichols. 
4. Polly, b. May 11, 1796; d. unm. June 11, 1831. 5. Elizabeth, d. 
unm. 6. John, d. unm. 7. Athalanah; m. Solomon Crane. 
449. viii. SAMUEL, b. Feb. 3, 1740; d. Jan. i, 1759. 

273. ANTHONY FIELD (Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, Christopher, 
John, CJiristopher, John), b. at Peach Pond, Flushing, L. I.. July 28, 1698; m. Aug. 
13, 1730, Hannah Burling. Anthony Field, of Harrison's Purchase, Westchester 
county, N. Y., named in Flushing Record, b. there; will dated April 21, 1773. His 
wife Hannah, dau. of William Burling, of Flushing, m. there; co-executrix of her 
husband's will. Anthony Field, son of Benjamin and Hannah, who was born in 1698, 
and married Hannah Burling, removed to Harrison, sometimes called '"Harrison's 
Purchase" and sometimes "Purchase," in 1725. 

This tract was bought from the Indians by John Harrison, of Flushing, to 
whom it was conveyed by a deed of Pathungo, sachem, or chief of the tribe, resid- 
ing there, dated Jan. 24. 1695. It is in the county of Westchester, and about thirty 
miles from New York. Originally it formed part of Rye, but was separated from 
it after the Indian deed referred to, and successfully resisted the claims of owner- 
ship made by this town. Bolton, the historian of Westchester, says: "Nearly all 
the settlers of this purchase came from Flushing and other towns on Long Island." 
And again: "This seems to have been a favorite settlement of the Friends. They 
were shamefully persecuted in Connecticut and Massachusetts; from there driven 
to Long Island. Even there they could find no rest, for the governor of New York 
issued an order forbidding them to worship, even in a barn. So they crossed by 
means of the ferry to Rye and settled principally in Harrison." Anthony Field 
gave the ground for the first Friends meeting house erected here in 1727, which land 
adjoined his estate. His will was dated, "this twenty-first day of the fourth month 
(called April), 1773." After providing for his wife Hannah, he directs his land to 
be sold "that lies on the North side of the road that leads from King street to White 
Plains" ; and out of the proceeds certain sums to be paid to his sons Thomas, Sam- 
uel, Anthony and John, "which will make them equal with what my son Benjamin 
hath already had, which is eighty pounds"; also forty pounds to son William and 
the same sum to daughter Sarah out of the said proceeds, and the remamder of 
same to be equally divided between his children, Thomas, William and Sarah. 
"When my widdow pleases to sell the farm, where I now live en the East side of 
the road that leads from the Purchase meeting house to Rye," eighty pounds is to 
be paid "to my son Moses Field," the remainder to be divided equally between his 
— the testator's — "widdow" and his children, except Anthony, who has had his full 
share. His land in Hampshire (i. e., New Hampshire) is to be equally divided be- 
tween his sons William and Moses. "My beloved wife Hannah Field and my sons 
Benjamin and John Field to be executors." His death is entered as follows in the 
Friends' register of Harrison: "Anthony Field died 9th mo. 2nd 1777," and he 
was interred in the burial ground of the meeting house there. 

Hannah Burling, dau. of William and Rebecca Burling, of Flushing, was b. 
Oct. 16, 1713, and m. there to Anthony Field, June 13, 1730, at which time she had 
not completed her seventeenth year. Her father, William, third child of Edward 
and Grace Burling, was b. in England Oct. 26, 1678. This Edward arrived in 
America shortly after, as appears by an entry of the births of his seven children in 
the Flushing register of the Friends, where it is stated that three were born in Eng- 
land and four in America. This enables us to fix the dale of his emigration at from 
1673 to 1681 inclusive, as his fourth child was born in the last named year, and was 
three years younger than the third. Rebecca Burling, the mother of Hannah Field, 
d. Feb. 2, 1729. The author does not know her maiden name, but would mention 


two circumstances which may be of some help in ascertaining it. Her husband 
William, in his will, which is recorded at the Surrogate's office. New York, gives 
to "my daughter Hannah Field," besides a bequest of money, "a chest whi^h was 
her mother's marked R. S.," and to Sarah Bloodgood, another daughter by his wife 
Rebecca, "a silver porringer which was their mother's, marked E. S. M." William 
Burling m. a second wife, Mary, who survived him, and is mentioned in his will. 
He d., according to the Friends' register of Flushing, Aug. lo, 1743. (The last 
figure is indistinct.) The following is the entry of his widow's death: "Mary Burl- 
ing, widow of William Burling, dyed 25th day, 8th mo., i747-" Her will, also at 
New York, was dated Sept. 4, 1746. This family gave the name to "Burling Slip," 
New York, having obtained a grant of land in the vicinity in 1737. Watson says, 
in his "Annals of New York": "Burling Slip was so called after a respectable 
family of that name, living at the corner of Smith's Vly (now Pearl street), and 
Golden Hill." Probably the family referred to was that of Edward Burling, eldest 
brother of William, whose will, dated Feb. 14, 1744, describes him as "merchant of 
New York." 

He d. Sept. 2, 1778; res, Harrison's Purchase, Westchester county, N. Y. 

THOMAS, b. ; d. s. p. 

BENJAMIN, b. 1732; m. Jerusha Sutton. 

JOHN, b. 1731; m. Lydia Hazard. 

WILLIAM, b. ; m. Mary Hatfield. 

MOSES, b. ; d. in infancy. 

ANTHONY, b. about 1734; m. Mary French. 

SAMUEL, b. ; m. Abigail Haight. 

SARAH, b. ; m. Joseph Waters. 

MARY, b. ; d. in infancy. 

JOSEPH FIELD (Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, Christopher, 
John, Christopher, John), b. Flushing, L. I., June 12, 1702; m. Molly Denton. He 
went to Dingle in 1740, and was known there as "The Old Standard." Samuel's 
brother Joseph m. Mary, dau. of Solomon and Athalana (Clay) Denton, and settled 
seven or eight years later on the next square south of Samuel, in North Salem, 
Westchester county. His children were, Solomon, Nehemiah, Joseph, Gilbert, 
Nancy, Comfort, Elnathan, Mary, Hannah and Rebecca. Those of his children 
who married settled in the same neighborhood. I suppose his will, if he made one, 
is recorded at White Plains. Westchester county. He may not have made a will, 
as he was blind in his old age. He d. in 1793; res. Flushing, L. I., and Dingle, 
N. Y. 

SOLOMON, b. 1738; m. Betty Vail. 

NEHEMIAH, b. ; d. unm. 

JOSEPH, b. ; d. unm. : he was an officer in the Revolutionary 


GILBERT, b.. ; m. Hepsibeth Ryder. 

NANCY, b. ; m. Joseph Bailey. 

COMFORT, b. ; d. unm. 

ELNATHAN, b. ; m. Jane Palmer. 

MARY, b. ; m. David Waring. 

HANNAH, b. ; d. unm. 

REBECCA, b. ; m. Oct. 8, 1797, David Palmer, son of David 

and Anne (Field), b. Dec. 8, 1759; d. Nov. 27, 1845. 

275. ROBERT FIELD (Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, Christopher, 
John, Christopher, John), b. Flushing, L. I., Sept. 7, 1707; m. Nov. 12, 1729, Re- 










































becca lauding, dau. of William; d. Feb. 2, 1736; m., 2d. Abigail Sutton, dau. of 
Joseph. The wife of Robert Field was Rebecca, dau. of Ebenezer Burling, of Long 
Island. Their dau. Sarah Burling m. Isaac Underhill. For a second wife Robert 
Field m. Abigail Sutton, dau. of Joseph and Mary Sutton. He d. Feb. 2, 1737; 
res. Flushing, L. I. 

469. i. SARAH, b. ; m. Aug. 18, 1756, Isaac Underhill at Harrison's 


470. ii. URIAH, b. ; m. Mary Quimby. 

471. iii. JERUSHA, b. ; m. Oct. 15, 1760, Stephen Field, son of 

Nathan. She d. about 1792. Ch. : i. Jesse Field. 2. Oliver 

Field. 3. David Field. 4. Phebe Field; m. Haviland. 5. 

Elizabeth Field; m. probably Carpenter. 

278. JUDGE JEREMIAH FIELD (John, Anthony, Robert, William, Christo- 
pher, John, Christopher, John), b. May 17, 1689; m. Feb. 19, 1712, Mrs. Marytje Van 
Vieghton*, b. Oct. 8, 1687, widow of Albert Teneicke. She d. Aug. 28, 1742. 
Marytje Van Vechten, wife of Jeremiah Field, was dau. of Michiel Van Vechten, 
the first son of Dirck Tennisef , and Jarmetje Vrelant. Michiel (above) was b. at 
Greenbush, opposite Albany, N. Y., Nov. 28, 1663, and m., ist, Marytje Parker, 
Nov. 21, 1686; she d. July, 1690. Tennis Dirckse Van Vechten came to the New 
Netherlands in the ship Arms of Norway, 1638, with wife and child and two serv- 
ants. He came from Vechten, Holland. Jeremiah Field came with his father John 
Field to New Jersey in 1695; was commissioned a lieutenant of Col. Thos. Farmer's 
Company in Piscataway, Middlesex county, N. J., Sept. 28, 1713. In 1741 he was 
judge of the Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions of the Peace, p. 496, History of 

Union and Somerset Counties. He m. . All the sons of Jeremiah Field are 

buried m the family cemetery on the John D. Field place, excepting Michael, v,-ho 
is buried in the churchyard of the Presbyterian church in Bound Brook. 

At the Lenox Library in New York there may be seen an old Dutch Bible 
printed in Amsterdam in the year 1603, which, notwithstanding its great age, is in a 
very good state of preservation, except that the title pages to both the Old and 
New Testaments are missing. This Bible bears dates of family history as far back 
as 1634. These records are in Dutch, and refer to the Van Vechten family, in whose 
possession the book undoubtedly was for many years. It is probable that it came 
into use as the Field family Bible at the time of the marriage of Marytje Van Vech- 
ten, dau. of Michael Van Vechten, to Jeremiah Field. After the record of the 
births of Jeremiah Field and of Mary Van Vechten and prior to the record of their 
marriage, there are recorded the births of two children of Mary by her first hus- 
band, Albert Teneicke ; then follows the record of the births of the Field children. 
In 18 17 this old Bible was presented to the American Bible Society, in whose custody 
it has been ever since. The two cuts here shown are reproductions from photo- 
graphs recently taken by Mr. John S. Bussing, one of the descendants of "Jeremiah 
Field and Mary his wife." They add much interest to the family record. The fol- 
lowing shows more clearly the record of the Field family as to names and dates 

♦Richard I. Field had in his records which he obtained from his uncle Dennis that Jeremiah 
Field married Feb. 19, 1711, Mary Teneicke. Both of the names were familiar in the family. 
A silver bodkin found in the "Old House" is engraved with the initials "M. V. V." It is my 
opinion that Teneicke was either her middle name — Mary Teneicke Van Vieghton — or she was 
a widow when Jeremiah married her. This latter supposition I should give the preference, as 
she was two years older than Jeremiah. Then she was Mrs. Mary Van Vieghton Teneicke. — 
F. C. P. Her children by her first husband were: 1. Jane, b. Oct. 6, 1708. 2. Albert, b. April 
11, 1711. 

tMichiel settled in Somerset county, on Raritan river, 1685, and was the first Van Vechten 
in New Jersey. He was one of the associate judges of Somerset county, 1711. 


than can be seen in the page of the miniature Bible herewith shown. "Jeremiah 
Field, the son of John Field and Margaret his wife, was born May 17, in the year 
1689. Mary Van Vechten, the daughter of Michael Van Vechten and Mary his wife, 
was born October 8, 1687. Jeremiah Field and Mary Van Vechten (widow 
of Albert Teneicke), were married February 19, 1 712-13. Jeremiah Field and 
Mary his wife had following children (see record in Bible in full). Jeremiah, 
b. Jan, 27, 1713-14; John, b. April 5, 1715; Michael, b. Aug. 24, 1716; Margaret, 
b. Oct. 2, 1717; Mary, b. Sept. 8, 1719; May, b. Oct. 19. 1720; Michael, b. Feb. 4, 
1722-23; Benjamin, b. Feb. 19, 1724-25." On one of the pages someone had written 
"this is Jeremiah Field's book," and it is easily understood why he had a Dutch 
Bible, He married a Dutch young lady, and probably her parents gave her this 
book when she married Mr, Field. The Van Vechtens were a leading family at 
that time in that region. It was at the old brick house of the half-brother of Mary- 
tje (now standing) that Washington attended a reception in honor of Miss Schuyler. 
During the Revolution this homestead was the center of a bounteous hospitality. 
On one occasion General Washington danced for three hours with Mrs. Greene, wife 
of General Greene, without sitting down. Of course, this house had nothing to do 
with the Fields. It is interesting to note, however, that as soon as Jeremiah Field 
married into this circle he received a commission as lieutenant; he was probably 
much in this social and military life. He d. Nov. 10, 1746; res. Bound Brook. N. J. 

472. i. JEREMIAH, b. Jan. 27, 1713; m. Phoebe . He m. and had one 

dau., b. Jan. 19, 1736. They resided on the Stephen Voorhees 
Place. Jeremiah, at the beginning of the troubles resulting in the 
Revolutionary war. we find acting in concert with the true men of 
the land. He served on township and county committees of corre- 
spondence, and in other ways operating with similar organizations 
in the colonies in the common cause of liberty. The history of this 
branch of the family since its identification with New Jersey is, as 
before, both in this country and in England, marked with true 
energetic manliness and good citizenship; always striving for the 
best interests of society, loving liberty with a determination to 
have it. Owner of large landed property situated along the banks 
of the Raritan, his attention was mostly given to the cultivation 
of the soil, at the same time advocating and executing measures 
tending to improve and benefit the community. 

JOHN, b. April 5, 1714; m. . 

MICHAEL, b. Aug. 24, 17 16: d. in infancy. 

MARGARET, b. Oct. 2, 171 7; m. , Van Deventer. 

MARY, b. Sept. 8, 1719; d. in infancy. 

MARY, b. Oct. 19, 1720; m. George Rapleyea and Jacob Boice. 
MICHAEL, b. Feb. 4, 1723; m. two sisters named Williamson; no 
i.ssue; res. on the "Mill Property," Bound Brook, N. J, Michael 
Field was owner of the flourishing mill near Bound Brook, and was 
particularly noted for his large-hearted generosity and penetrating 
foresight; his footsteps are yet seen, and the effects of his benev- 
olence are still felt and enjoyed in the neighborhood where he 
lived. He gave largely in real estate and by will, in money, to 
the Presbyterian church at Bound Brook and for public benefit. 
At the outbreak of the Revolution (1775) the able and hardy of the 
generations, then living of the family, to a man, sided with the 
patriots of the colonies, serving on committees of safety, meeting 














in the councils of the people, sacrificing time and their blood in 
the cause of liberty. 

The Scotch and English multiplied in this vicinitj', and by the 
year 1700 they were in sufhcient numbers to warrant forming the 
"Presbyterian Congregation of Bound Brook," which before long 
became one of the most flourishing and important religious organi- 
zations in the colony. We have no record of where the first services 
were held — probably in one of the log dwellings that were distrib- 
uted along the willow-fringed banks of the river. It was not until 
1725 that the congregation erected its first edifice, a low one-story 
house which stood within the present church grounds, and was 
preserved until far m this century, the uses of its later years being 
that of a school house. Itinerant preachers served the needs of 
the people until 1741, when the Rev. James McCrea was appointed 
by the Presbytery as a supply, which service he continued until 
1749. A second and more pretentious building was completed 
about the year 1760, the funds having been obtained from the pro- 
ceeds of a public lotterj'. 

Affixed to the walls of the present church edifice is a tablet 
showing the first settled minister of the congregation to have been 
the Rev. Israel Read. He was called to the pastorate in 1750, "in 
which he was faithful to his Divine Master to the death." In 
November, 1793, he was thrown from his carriage while riding 
near New Brunswick, receiving injuries of which three days later 
he died. Judging from the congregational records it would seem 
that members of the Field family have, from the founding of this 
religious society, been among its most active supporters and ben- 
efactors. A portion of the church grounds was conveyed by 
Benjamin and Jeremiah Field in the year 1749, and the large 
church Bible which bears a London imprint of 1772, has on its leaf, 
in the handwriting of the Rev. Mr. Read, the following. "Mr. 
Michael Field's book 1784 he Presents to the Reverend Mr. Read, 
being the Second Small Legacy made by him to the Church at 
Bound Brook. Pris- 1-8-0." Michael Field d. Jan. 13, 1792; a copy 
of his will, in iny possession, shows that he bequeathed one thou- 
sand pounds to the trustees of the congregation, the interest of 
which was to be applied "towards supporting the gospell in the 
Presbiterian Church at Bound Brook." Healso left the sum of 
five hundred pounds for the support of a free school within the 
congregation. This was not the first one of the village. The 
Scotch Presbyterians held the school almost in equal estimation 
with the church ; schoolmasters were brought from the old country 
and early established in the East Jersey settlements. In 1752, 
when Johannes visited Bound Brook, John Wacker taught the 
village children in a low one-story building within the present 
church grounds. Doubtless the colonial lads found that peda- 
gogue's name to be appropriate to his calling, for schoolmasters of 
the olden time considered that mental perceptions were precipi- 
tated by knuckles and palms being well ridged by hard rulers. 
One of the first teachers in the free academy established by the 
bequest of Michael Field was Isaac Toucey, who afterwards was 
secretary of war under Buchanan's administration. 














BENJAMIN, b. Feb. 19, 1725; m. Margaret De Groot. 
RICHARD, b. Oct. 31, 1726; m. Elizabeth Smock. 
SARAH, b. Oct. 15. 1728; m. John Pool; they had a son in the 

482. xi. HANNAH, b. Feb. 14, 1730; m. John Garrish; they had a son in 

the Revolution. 

483. xii. TUNES, b. about 1732; m, March 28, 1764, Margaret Fisher. 

282. NATHAN FIELD (Thomas, Benjamin, Robert, William, Christopher, 
John, Christopher, John), b. Flushing, L. I., Sept. 30, 1703; m. Dec. 10, 1725, Eliz- 
abeth Jackson, dau. of James and Rebecca. Res. Flushing, L. I. 

283. CALEB FIELD (Thomas, Benjamin, Robert, William, Christopher, John, 
Christopher, John), b. Flushing, L. I., Nov. 5, 1705; m. there Anne Rodman. 
Caleb Field, son of Thomas and Hannah, m. Anne Rodman, who was probably a 
sister of his brother Joseph's wife. He d. before 1783 ; res. Flushing, L. 1. 

THOMAS, b. July 28, 1747. 


MARY, b. ; m. Nov. 8, 1787, Walter Farrington, son of John 

and Ann, of Flushing. 

487. iv. ANNE, b. ; ra. Feb. 20. 1783. John Bowne, son of John and 

Dmah. "To the monthly meeting to be held at New York 5 d. 
2 m. 1783 (Quaker meeting). Dear Friends: These may inform 
you that I am consenting to the marriage of my Daughter Anne 
to John Bowne. From your Friend, Anne Field. Flushing, 4th 
of the 2d month." 

488. V. PHILIP, b. . 

28g. JOSEPH FIELD (Thomas, Benjamin, Robert, William, Christopher, 
John, Christopher, John), b. Flushing, L. I., Feb. 29, 1722; m. June 16. 1750, Mary 
Rodman, dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth, b. 1729; she d. Aug. 23, 1751. Res. 
Flushing, L. 1. 

489. i. RODMAN, b. Aug. 2, 1751. 

290. THOMAS FIELD (Thomas, Henry, John, John, John, Richard, William, 
William, Thomas. Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. Cockernhoe, Hertfordshire, 
England, about 1681 ; m. there M. Rudd. He d. June, 1746. Res. Cockernhoe, 

490. i. THOMAS, b. Nov. 26, 1703; m. M. Rudd. 

491. ii. OTHER children. 

291. JOHN FIELD (Thomas, Henry, John, John, John, Richard, William, 
William, Thomas. Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. Cockernhoe, Hertfordshire, 
England, Nov. 15, 1683; m. there Oct. 16, 1716, E. Waters. He d. Dec. 13, 1740; 
res. Cockernhoe, England. 

492. i. JOHN, b. Jan. — , 1719; m. Anne Cromwell. 

493. ii. THOMAS, b. Sept. 4, 1731; m. Feb. 5, 1763, Sibella Field. 

292. NATHANIEL FIELD (Thomas, Henry, John, John, John, Richard, Wil- 
liam, William, Thomas, Thomas. John, Thomas, Roger), b. Cockernhoe, Hertford- 
shire, England. Nov. g, 1685; m. Oct. 8, 1717, E. Southgate; d. June 4, 1755. Res. 
Cockernhoe, England. 

494. i. ELIZABETH, b. Aug. 31, 1719; d. Sept. 20, 1729. 

495. li. NATHANIEL, b. Dec. 8, 1720; d. . 

496. iii. THOMAS, b. Feb. 6, 1722; d. . 

497. iv. ROBERT, b. March 28, 1726; d. Dec. 10, 1747. 


498. V. HENRY, b. Aug. 31, 1727; d. April 10, 1728 

499. vi. JUDITH, b. Jan. 4, 1730; d. Aug. 20, 1731. 

293. ISAAC FIELD (Thomas, Henry, John, John, John, Richard, William, 
William. Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. Cockernhoe, Hertfordshire, 
England, July 29. 1687; m. Jan. 28. 1713, M. Gartick; d. Sept. 18, 1729. Res. 
Cockernhoe, England. 

500. i. ISAAC, b. Dec. 14, 1714; d. Feb. 7, 1730. 

501. ii. MARY, b. Feb. 5, 1717; d. Feb. 14, 1723. 

502. iii. BENJAMIN, b. June 21, 1721 ; m. Ann Undershell. 

294. WILLIAM FIELD (Thomas, Henry. John, John, John, Richard, Wil- 
liam, William. Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. Cockernhoe, Hertford- 
shire. England. April 22, 1691; m. Dec. 22, 1722, E. Stackhouse; d. June 7, 1759- 
Res. Cockernhoe, England. 

503. i. JOHN, b. June. 16, 1727; m. M. Robinson. 

504. ii. WILI,IAM, b. May 20, 1729; m. A. Bailey. 

295. SAMUEL FIELD (Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John. Richard. 
William, William), b. East Guilford. Conn., Jan. 12, 1704; m. Dec. 15, 1735. Bethiah 
Johnson, of Norwich, Conn.; d. April 13, 1776. He d. in 17S3; res. East Guilford, 

SAMUEL, b. Jan. 17, 1737; m. Submit Willard. 
JOHN, b. June 11, 1740; he was killed at Fort Ticonderoga; one 
account says October, 1759; another, Nov. 6, 1775. 

DANIEL, b. Nov. 11, 1742; m. Bethsheba . 

JOAREB, b. April 3, 1745; m. Hannah Crampton and Mrs. Anna. 

S. Batchley. 
JOSHUA, b. Feb. 20, 1750; m. Mrs. Submit (Field) Collins. 
LUKE, b. Feb. 4, 1753; m. Patience Griswold. 
510^. vii. JOHN, b. ; d. young. 

296. ENSIGN DAVID FIELD (Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John. John, 
Richard, William, William), b. East Guilford (now Madison), Conn., Dec. 2, 1697; 
m. Jan. 13, 1720, Anna Bishop, dau. of John; b. Feb. 15, 1695; m., 2d, May 17, 1731, 
Catherine Bishop, dau. of Samuel, b. July 23, 1710; m., 3d, Feb. 20, 1742, Mrs. 
Abigail (Tyler) Strong, of Branford, Conn., b. 1705; d. Dec. 23, 1783; widow of 
Jedediah. He settled in the north part of Madison, probably as early as 1720, in a 
district which, as it was yet uncleared, was called "The Woods," where he soon 
after erected a frame house of two stories, that was literally founded on a rock, as 
it is standing to this day. The assembly of Connecticut in 1747 at the May session 
"do establish and confirm Mr. David Field to be Ensign of the 6th Company or train 
band in the 7th Regiment in this Colony and order that he be commissioned accord- 
ingly. " He d. Feb. 6, 1770. Res. East Guilford, Conn. 

511. i. SARAH, b. Dec. 12,^1722; m. Sept. 10, 1740, Nathaniel Crampton, 
of East Guilford. 
BENJAMIN, b. Nov. 20, 1736; d. Dec. — , 1745. 
DAVID, b. July 31, 1728; m. Anne Stone. 
ICHABOD, b. Jan. 8, 1731; d. March 30, 1751. 
ANNA, b. Jan. 12, 1732; m. June 26, 1754, Ebenezer Bartlett, of 

East Guilford. 
SAMUEL, b. Feb. 20, 1734; m. Mary Dickinson. 
EBENEZER. b. April 18. 1736; m. Rachel Scranton. 
TIMOTHY, b. March 12, 1744; m. Anna Dudley. 






































519. ix. ABIGAIL, b. Aug. 19, 1745; m. Neri Crampton. He settled first in 

Litchfield, Conn.; in 1774 removed to Tinmouth, Vt., where he 
died. He was in the battle of Ticonderoga, May 10, 1775. At the 
time Arnold claimed command of the expedition, the Green Moun- 
tain boys refused to go under any one but their chosen commander. 
Col. Ethan Allen. He was captured at the battle of Skeenesboro, 
in August, 1777 and paroled, notwithstanding was in the battle of 
Bennington, Aug. 16, 1777. 

520. X. CATHERINE, b. Aug. 19. 1745; m. Ambrose Graves and d. Nov. 

20, 1777. 

521. xi. MIND WELL. b. Oct. 14, 1747; d. Sept. 5, 1763. 

298. EBENEZER FIELD (Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. East Guilford, Conn., about 1706; m. Oct. 30, 1728, 
Hannah Evarts, b. Oct. 30, 1710; d. Jan. 2, 1737; m., 2d, Oct. 16, 1737, Margaret 
Evarts, b. Aug. 22, 1711; d. May 28, 174S; m., 3d, Jan. 5, 1749, Deborah Hall, b. 
Oct. 27, 1704; d. April 6, 1753; m. , 4th, Nov. 21, 1753, Hannah Mills, b. 1732; was 
daughter of Deacon Joseph Mills and Hannah Adams, his wife, of Simsbury, Conn. 
(For Mills, Adams, Phelps, Griswold ancestery of his wife see Stiles' "Ancient, 
Windsor, Conn.") Res. Norfolk, Conn. 

EBENEZER, b. Oct. 13, 1729; d. May 13, 1734. 

HANNAH, b. March 23, 1733; m. Jan. 13, 1751, Samuel Teal, of 

East Guilford. 
EBENEZER, b. 1739; m. Anna Field. 

NATHANIEL, b. 1741; m. . 

DEBORAH, b. 1755 ; m. I. Plumbly and Elijah Buttolph, of Canaan, 
527. vi. BETHIAH, b. Oct. 9, 1756; m. John Bunn. John Bunn served 
under Col. Frederick Fisher in a New York regiment in the Rev- 
olution. (For sketch of John Bunn, see article in American 
Monthly Magazine, about three years ago, by Annette Fitch 
Brewer, of Sandusky, O. For his Revolutionary services see 
New York State Archives.) He was corporal in Captain McAllis- 
ter's company. Third New York battalion. (See lineage of Alta 
D. W. Fitch in vol. viii., D. A. R. Lineage Book.) Ch. : i. 
Hannah M. Bunn, b. in Norfolk, Conn., May 11, 1784; m. Rev. 
Jonathan David Winchester, Oct. 6, 1811. (See Steam's "His- 
tory of Ashburnham, Mass.") He was a Presbyterian minister of 
some celebrity; preached at Madrid and Waddington, N. Y., 
1811-21 ; Brighton, N. Y., 1S21-25, and m Ohio several years. He 
d. in Madison, O., Aug. 17, 1835. She m., 2d, May 2, 1842, 
Joseph B. Cowles, who d. in 1S54. She d. at Staceyville, Iowa, 
Jan. 23, 1876. Ch. by Mr. Winchester: ix. PhilanderWinches- 
ter, b. Madrid, N. Y., Oct. 4, 1812; m. in 1838, Elizabeth Oilman 
Calkins, of Stowe, Vt., dau. of Rev. Charles Calkins, of Water- 
bury, Vt, and Lakewood, near Cleveland, O., and his wife, 
Marian Oilman, dau. of Nicholas and Elizabeth Oilman, of 
Exeter, N. H. (See Oilman Genealogy, p. 242.) They had nine 
children as follows: (a) Alta D. Winchester, b. Plainville, Lake 
county. O., Sept. 11, 1839; m. Oct. 27, 1863, Hon. Edward Hub- 
bard Fitch, of Ashtabula, O. (See "One Thousand Years of Hub- 
bard History, p. 454.) He was son of Hon. Oramel Hinckley 
Fitch, a relative of Rev. James Fitch and Maj. John Mason, of 

1^. ^A^f fttp.^i^V- ^^'ilJs. 

H. M. S. "Marathon," East Indies. 
See pase 31. 

See page 192. 

See page 193. 

See page 193. 


Norwich, Conn., 1660. (See Stiles' "Ancient Windsor.") Hon, 
Edward Hubbard Fitch, who was for years conspicuous in law, 
science and politics, was born at Ashtabula, O. His father, Hon. 
Oramel Hinckley Fitch, a lawyer and man of affairs, was born 
in Connecticut, and his ancestors were English. His mother, 
Cathenne M. Hubbard, was a native of Trenton, New York State, 
whose parents formerly resided in Middletown, Conn., were like- 
wise of English descent. At an early age Edward was sent to 
the grammar school at St. Catherine's, Canada, where he was 
prepared tor college. In 1854 he entered Williams College and 
was graduated with honors in 1858, being one of the class orators. 
While at college he was the president of the Natural History 
Societj'. After receiving his degree of Bachelor of Arts he 
returned to Ashtabula and at once entered his father's office, 
where he began the study of law. He was admitted to the bar 
by the District Court of Cuyahoga county in September, i860. 
The following year Williams College conferred upon him the 
degree ot A. M. He commenced practice at once alone, but in a 
short time formed a copartnership with his father, which contin- 
ued until Jan. i, 1863, when his father retired from practice, He 
then formed a partnership with Judge Horace Wilder, afterwards 
a judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio, under the name of Wilder 
& Fitch. This continued until the December following, when 
Mr. Wilder was appointed to the Supreme Court bench. He then 
practiced alone until Juh', 1864, when he became a partner of 
Judge L. S. Sherman, who at this time is the oldest practitioner 
in this county. In 186S this firm was dissolved, and he was 
again alone until 1878, when he formed a partnership with Hon. 
S. A. Northway, now Congressman from this district. In the tall 
of 1878 he removed to Jefferson, Ashtabula county, where he 
has continued to reside. Ten years later this partnership was 
dissolved, and he remained alone until Sept. i, 1896, when he 
formed a copartnership with his son, Winchester Fitch, with 
offices at Jefferson and Ashtabula, the son being in charge of the 
Ashtabula office. In 1S70 Mr. Fitch was, by Gov. R. B. Hayes, 
appointed delegate from the Nineteenth District to the National 
Capital Convention, at Cincinnati, and in the same year he was 
admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States 
upon the motion of James A. Garfield, who had been his friend 
since college days. Mr. Fitch has for years enjoyed one of the 
largest law practices of the lawyers of north-eastern Ohio. He 
is a lawyer of great ability, and has the reputation of conducting 
a case with great skill. His arguments to the court are always 
clear, strong and to the point, omitting nothing essential to a 
complete statement and containing no surplusage. Before the 
jury he is both forcible and persuasive, evincing the art and 
power of the advocate. He has been most successful with his 
cases on error, and has won a large majority of the cases he has 
argued in the Supreme Court. His practice, while it has often 
been of necessity of a general character, has had much to do with 
the insurance and real estate law. Mr. Fitch is politically a 
Republican. His first vote was cast for Lincoln, and he has 


always taken an active interest in state and national politics. An 
orator of force and influence he is much sought for public speak- 
ing. For twenty years he was recorder and a member of the 
Ashtabula council. In 1867 and i368 he was prosecuting attorney 
for Ashtabula county. He was for fifteen years a justice of the 
peace and forty years a notary public. He was several years a 
member of the Republican State Central Committee. Mr. Fitch 
was appointed by Governor McKinley. in 1894, chairman of the 
Torrence Commission. He is a fellow of the American Associa- 
tion for the Advancment, of Science, a of the American 
Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association and of the Sons of the 
American Revolution. He was for a number of years chairman 
ot the committee of judicial administration, and legal reform of 
the Ohio State Bar Association. In 1863 Mr. Fitch was married 
to Alta D. Winchester, a daughter of Philander Winchester, at 
one time editor of the Painesville Telegraph, a noted abolitionist, 
and one of the founders of the Republican party. Of this union 
there have been eight children, five of whom are living: Win- 
chester, b. Nov. 21, 1867, now a member of the bar and partner 
ot his father; Annette, b. Jan. 31, 1870, and m. Jan. 31, 1892, to 
Curtis Brewer, who is at present city engineer ot Sandusky and 
connected with the Jarecki Chemical Company; Edward H., b. 
March 31, 1873, educated in the Western Reserve Academy at 
Hudson, Oberlin College and Cornell University; at the latter 
place, being a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, to 
which his father, brother and brother-in-law also belong, and of 
the university football team, receiving his degree ot Bachelor of 
Laws in 1897; Alta, b. July 24, 1875, and Flora, b. Aug. 5, 1878. 
Mr. Fitch died at Conneaut, his summer residence, on Lake ave- 
nue, Thursday, Sept. 9, 1897, and was buried in Chestnut Grove 
Cemetery, Ashtabula. Ch. : i. Catherine, b. February, 1865; 
d. young. 2. Winchester, b. Nov. 21, 1867; m. June 30, 1897, 
Florence Hopper, b. June 21, 1876. Res. 319 West Eightieth St., 
New York City. (See "The Bench and Bar ot Ohio," Century 
Pub. Co., Chicago. See Biog His. N. E. Ohio, Lewis Pub. Co., 
Chicago.) Ch. : (a) Alta Jane, b. June 16,1898. (b) Katherine 
Elizabeth, b. Oct 19, 1899. Winchester Fitch is descended trom 
a family of lawyers. His earlier English ancestors were con- 
nected with the profession, and he is the third generation of the 
family engaged in the practice of law in Ashtabula. With his 
inherited tendencies, studious habits and determination to mas- 
ter the principles of law it is fair to assume that he will maintain 
the reputation of the family. The son of Hon. Edward H. Fitch 
and Alta D. Winchester, he was born at Ashtabula, Nov. 21, 1867. 
and received his primary education in the schools of that city. 
After he had passed through the grammar school his parents 
removed to Jefferson, where he was graduated from the high 
school. At the age of fifteen he entered Cascadilla school, at 
Ithaca, N. Y., where he was prepared for college. In 1884 he 
entered Cornell University and was graduated in 1888 from the 
literary department of that institution. His favorite studies 
were history and languages. After graduation he went to Chi- 


cago. and was tor a time in the general offices of the C. B. & Q. 
R. R. He then became a reporter on the Inter-Ocean, and later 
was appointed the marine editor, and afterward the literary 
editor of the Chicago Evening Journal. For a short time prior to 
the Columbian Exposition he was a member of the real estate 
firm of Edwin Reed & Co. While in Chicago he read law and 
was a student of the Chicago College of Law, taking the night 
course. In 1893 he returned to Jefferson to complete his law 
studies in his father's office. In 1894 he was admitted to practice 
at Columbus by the Supreme Court. At this time he owned an 
interest in the Geneva Times, and edited the paper until 1895, 
when he came to Ashtabula. Since that time he has been asso- 
ciated with his father in the practice of law, under the firm name 
of Fitch & Fitch, with offices in Jefferson and Ashtabula. Mr. 
Fitch IS a Republican, and has been a member of the county 
central committee, of the senatorial committee, and of the board 
of county school examiners. During the campaign of 1896 he 
was an assistant to Colonel Haskell, and Major Dick, at the 
Republican National headquarters, in Chicago. In that position 
he discharged the duties devolving upon him with much skill, and 
in a manner entirely satisfactory to them and the national com- . 
mittee. Mr. Fitch was married to Miss Florence Hopper, daugh- 
ter of George H. Hopper, Esq., of New York, a member of the 
Standard Oil Co., at Elmwood, his country seat, at Unionville, 
Lake county. O. Mr. Fitch is a member of the Ohio State Bar 
Association, the Western Reserve Society, of the Sons of the 
American Revolution, the Cincinnati Society of Colonial Wars, 
the Rowfant Club of Cleveland, and the Twentieth Century Club 
of Chicago. 3. Annette, b. Jan. 21. 1870; m. Jan. 30, 1893, Curtis 
Brewer. Lives at Sloane House, Sandusky, O., son J. C. Brewer, 
b. Ashtabula, O., Aug. 15, 1899. 4- Elizabeth Gilman. b. 
1872. 5. Edward Hubbard Fitch, Jr., b. March 31, 1873; gradu- 
ated at Cornell University in 1897; L. L. B. Lansing, Mich., 
1898-99. 6. Alta Denexa, b. July 25, 1875; m. at Ashtabula, O.. 
May 23, 1898. Howard Lyman Ingersoll. Son Winchester Fitch 
Ingersoll, b. at Ashtabula, O., Feb. 5, 1899. Address, 45 W. 
126th St., N. Y. 7. Flora Cornelia, b. Aug. 6, 1878. 8. Charles 
Gilman, b. November, 1S84; d. young, b. Ellen Bowdiman, 
m. William O. Hipwell, of Chicago. He was assistant cashier 
Union National Bank. Res., s. p.. Highland 
Park, 111. He was born at Portarlington, Ireland, 
July I, 1S35; served apprenticeship to hardware 
business; in charge of Savings Bank, Portarling- 
ton, 1857 to 1864; emigrated to United States in 
1864; entered Union National Bank, Chicago, 
December. 1864. as bookkeeper; appointed assist- 
ant cashier in 1881, and is now serving in that 
capacity, (c) Persis Annete, m. William Sage "'''"^^'"^ *«"S- 
Ranney. One child. Fitch Winchester Ranney, b. February, 1865 
Res. Euclid Ave. and Erie St.. Cleveland, O. (d) Charles' Jona- 
than m. Grace Baldwin Gilbert, of Columbus, O., at St. Louis, 
Mo. Lives at 61 West 49th Sc, New York. Ch. : i. Frederick 


Churchill: res., io8 Wall St., New York. ii. Anna Scott, m. 
John Putnam, of Highland Park. Lake county, 111. (e) Col. 
Arthur H. Winchester, m. Ella Spaulding, of Cleveland, O. ; 
res. Buckhannon, W. Va. Col. A. H. Winchester is commissioner 
of Forestery for the United States lumber exhibit at Paris Expo- 
sition. His son, Spaulding, was a victim of the Spanish war; 
died with fever at Philadelphia in 1898. Has son, Charles; dau. 
Lila, res. Latham, Cumberland, Md., Kalherine and Ruth, (t) 
Mary Elizabeth Oilman, m. Henry C. Carver, ot Chicago. Ch. : 
Jonathan Winchester, George, Robert Knowlton and Priscilla. 
Res. Highland Park, 111. (g) Frances, m. Charles Spaulding. ot 
Cleveland, O. One son, Ranney Winchester, Rogers Park, 111. ; 
m. Cecil Norton, ot Chicago, 111., iSgg. (h) Elizabeth Oilman, b. 
July 24, 1853; m. Aug. 5, 1S76, Hubbard F. Bannard, b. April 21, 
1847. Ch. : i. Winchester, b. Jan. 2, 1880; d. July 21, 1880. ii. 
Annete, b. Feb. 28, 1881; d. ]\Iarch 11, 18S1. Address Griffin 
Chemical Co., 904 Western Av., Seattle, Wash, (i) Phillip, m. 
Dora Dunnica, ot St. Louis, Mo. Ch. : i. Phyllis, ii. Theodore. 
2x. Dilectus, b. Jan. 17, 1814; d. Sept. 10, 1814. 3x. Darius, b. 
Sept. 19, 1815; d. Sept. 23, 1S21. 4X. Electus, b. Nov. 15, 1817; 
unm., Res. Staceyville, Iowa. sx. Mary D., b. March 20. 1822; d. 
Sept. 2, 1839. ^^- Melana, b. July 19, 1824; m. Sept. 14, 1861 Orran 
Orcutt. Res. Staceyville. Two daughters. 7x. Amandus O., b. 
June 25, 1S27; m. June 6, 1855, Margaret Patton. Res. St. Joe, 
Mich. He d. Jan. 29, 1900, leaving one dau., Stella L. The deceased 
held a very high place in the community where he lived because 
of his moral worth, his worthy life and the strict integrity in 
which he held and performed every duty and obligation which 
devolved upon him. For fotir generations his ancestors had been 
ministers of the gospel, and from their strict and upright lives, 
typical of the religious teaching of their day, he had taken the 
rule and guide of his life. He was a handsome man ; large and 
robust looking, and prior to his death his appearance was as of 
one who was in possession of perfect health and gave jjromise of 
many years of life and usefulness. But for years he had been a 
sufferer from heart trouble and the machinery which propelled 
the life current gave out in the midst ot all this apparent vigor. 
The Winchester family is descended from Hon. John Winches- 
ter, of Brookline, ]\Iass. (first representative from that town to 
the General Court of Massachusetts), from the Aspinwalls, 
Deacon Sealis, of Scituate; Lieut. Griffin Craft, of Roxbury, 
Mass., (see Craft Genealogy); Lieut. John Sharp, killed at Sud- 
bury fight, 1676, and John White, of Watertown, (ancestor of 
President John Adams), (see Register, October, 1896). Rev. Jona- 
than Winchester ivas a near relative of President John Adams 
and the Boston Boylstons, of Rev. Elkanan Winchester, tlie 
distinguished Universalist preacher and patriot, friend of 
Franklin, Jay, etc., and who spoke to great audiences in Eng- 
land (see Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography), and 
grandfather of Lieut.-Gov. Oliver Fisher, ot Winchester, Pres. 
New Haven, Co., known as the Winchester Arms Co., a mil- 
lionaire and patron of Yale, to which institution he gave an 












astronomical observatory. (See Appleton's Cyclopedia of Ameri- 
can Biography.) Rev. Jonathan Winchester, second, was son of 
Henry, a Revolutionary soldier, and grandson of Rev. Jonathan 
Winchester, first. 2. Fannie Bunn, b. i736, m. James Hill. 

3. Sarah Bunn, b. ; m. Coon. 4. Polly Bunn, died the 

week she was to have been married to Hiland Hall , later governor 
of Vermont. 5. James Bunn, b. 1794; lost at sea in 1S14, enroute 
to England. 6. Catherine Bunn, b. 1796; m. McDonald. 

REUBEN, b. Jan. 9, 1762; m. Asenath Case. 

JOSEPH, b. May 19, 1764; d. March 3, 1767. 

MICHAEL, b. July 9, 1768; m. Abigail Calkins. 

LUCINDA, b. Feb. 22, 1771; m. Salmon Warren. 

POLLY, b. ; m. Daniel Dean. 

299. ZECKARIAH FIELD (Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah. John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. East Guilford, Conn., about 1708; m. March i, 1732, 
Prudence Graves, b. March 2, 1701; d. Nov. 24, 1737; m., 2d, Dec. 27, 1738, Anna 
Seward, of East Guilford, b. Oct. 6, 1716, dau. ot Daniel and Mehitable (Boreman). 
After his death she m Teal. He d. Feb. 19, 1752. Res. East Guilford, Conn. 

532. i. PRUDENCE, b. Jan. 9, 1734; d. Oct. 8, 1736. 

533. li. ZECHARIAH, b. Oct. 22. 1739; d. Nov. 5, 1751, unm. 

534. iii. PRUDENCE, b. April 2, 1742; m. Feb. 18, 1761. John Dudley, ot 

Killingworth. She d. June 26, 1761. 
525. iv. ANNA, b. Oct. 26, 1744; m. 1763, Ebenezer Field, of East Guilford 

and New Haven, Vt. 
JONATHAN, b. Feb. 16, 1747; d. Oct. 8, 1751. 
SIMEON, b. Oct. 15, 1749; d. Oct. 5, 1751. 
SUBMIT, b. March 29, 1752; m., ist, Nov, 23, 1768, John Thomas 

Collins; m., 2d, March 30, 1774, Joshua Field; m. , 3d, Russell 

Dowd; m., 4th, Moore; d. 1846. 

300. CAPTAIN JOAREB FIELD (Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, 
John, Richard, William, William), b. East Guilford, Conn., March 2, 1711; m. April 
2, 1733, Abigail Bradley; she m., 2d, John Camp, his fourth wife. She d. Dec. 27, 
1769. He was a sea captain and d. at sea in 1747. Res. East Guilford, Conn. 

539. i. ESTHER, b. Sept. 18, 1733; m. Jan. i, 1756, Nathan Hall, of Guil- 


540. ii. AMBROSE, b. Feb. 7, 1736; ra. Sarah Bates. 

303. JOHN FIELD (Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. in Deerfield, Mass., Oct. 4, 1700. He was one of the captives 
taken by the French and Indians at the destruction of Deerfield, Feb. 29, 1704, and 
carried to Canada, enduring great suffering. He was with his mother ransomed and 
returned to Deerfield the next year. He settled either in Stafford or Tolland, Conn. 
The following record is found in the town clerk's office in Tolland: "Anna, wife 
of John Field, was accidentally shot by a man of the name of Washburn, of Staf- 
ford." Also the date of birth of three children. He m. Anna . Res. Tolland, 


541. i. ANNA, b. Feb. 6, 1732. 

542. ii. ISAAC, b. Oct. 6, 1735. 

543. iii. BENJAMIN, b. May 14, 1738. 

305. DOCTOR PEDAJAH FIELD (John, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. Jan. 28, 1707, Deerfield, Mass; m. about 1730, Han- 









nah , who d. about 1730; m., 2d, Jan. 11, 1732, Abigail Pettee, of Springfield, 

b. April 3. 1713; d. Feb. 25, 1792, dau. of John and Mary, of Springfield. He was a 
veterinary surgeon; was in Northfield in 1737; Enfield in 1749. a°d returned to 
Northfield. In 1736 he removed to Winchester, N. H., in 1737 to Northfield, Mass. ; 
in 1747 returned to Enfield; in 1752 returned to Northfield, where he d. Feb. 24, 
1798. Res Northfield, Mass., Enfield, Conn., and Winchester, N. H. 


545- 11. 




















PEDAJAH, b. 1732. He lived with Elijah Williams, in Enfield, 
until 1749; was a soldier from Northfield in 1757. Pedajah Field, 
son of Pedajah and Hannah; prob. b. in Enfield. Conn. Is 
found living there in 1733 with Elijah Williams; prob. came to 
Northfield, Mass., in 1752 ; a soldier in the French and Indian war 
from Northfield in 1757. He sold his lot to Hezekiah Stratton, 
June 23, 1745. In 1743 he assisted in building the mount at 
Deacon Alexander's, and was paid ;i^i 4s. tor two days of hewing 
timber. He served from June 12, to Nov. 21, 1755, in the Crown 
Point expedition, in Capt. Elijah Williams' company. In seating 
the meeting house in 1780 he was given pew No. 19. 

MARY, b. 1734.; m. prob. Sept. 26, 1753, Stephen Cooley, of Long- 
meadow, Mass.; d. April 3, 1782; age forty-eight. Res. Long- 
meadow, Mass. Ch. : i. Stephen, b. Feb. 14, 1754; d. Aug. 18, 
1754. 2. Stephen, b. March 27, 1755; m. Mercy Stebbins; d. 
June 9, 1830. 3. Abigail, b. April 19, 1757; d. April 9, 1826. 4. 
Joanna, b. July 20, 1759. 5. Luther, b. March 16, 1761. 6. Gid- 
eon, b. Jan. 31, 1763; m. Dinah Sikes. He d. Nov. 31, 1838. 7. 

Calvin, b. Feb. 16, 1765; d. Feb. 19, 1846. 8. Ithamer. b. ; 

d. Feb. 15, 1767. 9. Ithamer, b. Aug. 10, 176S. 10. Marcy, b. 
July 18, 1770; d. June 24, 1814. 11. Hanan, b. July 18, 1773. 

SARAH, b. May 4, 1737; m. June S, 1755, Hon. Ebenezer Janes, of 
Northfield; d. March 5, 1766. He was son ot Jonathan; was a 
deacon, lieutenant in Revolutionary war, manufacturer of grave 
stones, town clerk sixteen years, representative in the legislature 
in 1778 and delegate to the provincial congress in 1775; d. Jan. 22, 
1808. His wife d. March 5, 1766, and he m., 2d, Mehitable Alex- 
ander. Res. Northfield. Ch. : i. Jonathan, b. Feb. 25, 1756; 
m. Caroline Mattoon. 2. Jemima, b. May 16, 1757; m. John 
Allen. 3. Ruth, b. May 16, 1757; m. Caton Bliss. 4 Obadiah, 
b. July 9, 1759; m. Mary Oliver and Harmony Brigham. 5. 
Salina, b. March 11, 1761; m. Seth Munn. 6. Hannah, b. Jan. 
5, 1763; d. July 13, 1770. 7. Samuel, b. May 11, 1764; m. Susan- 
nah Merriman. 8. Ebenezer, b. Jan. i, 1766; d. Nov. 5, 1766; 
had seven children by second wife. 

RUTH, b. i73y; d. Oct. 17, 1756. 

REUBEN, b. Oct. 9, 1740; m. Hannah Alden and Ann Hall Lar- 

ABIGAIL, b. 1743; d. Aug. 7, 1754. 

EUNICE, b. ; d. vmm.. Athens, Vt. 

BENNETT, b. 1745; m. Elizabeth Ferrin. 

ANN, b. Sept. 3, 1747; m. James Nichols, of Athens, Vt. ; d. Feb. 
28, 1829. 

EUNICE, b. 1749; d. in Townshend. Vt., unm., August, 1828. 

JOHN, b. June q, 1751; m. Sybil Allen. 

HANNAH, bap. Aug. 13, 1753; m. Ward. 


556. xiii. NATHAN, bap. Sept. 21, 1755; m. Abigail BuHaid. 

557. xiv. ABIGAIL, bap. April 16, 1756; m. Aug. ig. 1775, Samuel Warner. 

He was son ot Ebenezer, b. 1748. Res. Northfield and Green- 
field. Ch. : 1. Ebenezer, bap. Nov. 17, 1776. 2. Samuel, bap. 
Aug. 9, 1778. 3. Lydia, bap. July 23, 1780. 4. Sarah, bap. July 
3. 1785. 5- Mary, bap. July 3, 1785. 6. Electa, bap. March 7, 
17SS. 7. Phila, bap. Feb. 9, 1791. 8. Amariah, bap. July 28, 
306. BENNETT FIELD (John. Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. Deerfield, Mass., Dec. 13, 1709; m. Dec. 18, 1734, Elizabeth 
Spa fford, of Lebanon, Conn., dau. of Thomas and Bethiah, b. April 9, 1715; d. 
Nov. 20, 1772. He resided in Deerfield, Mass. ; married there and soon atter moved 
to Ltbanon, Conn., and was admitted to the church there in 1736. Moved to Staf- 
ford and later to Mansfield, Conn., where he died. He purchased of Caleb and Noah 
Chap;n, of Lebanon, Conn., Nov. 21, 1733, a tract of land ; vol. v, p. 20, on which 
he re^^ided until 1740, when he sold and removed to Mansfield, Conn. Admitted 
to the church in Lebanon in 1736. 

He d. April 6, 1770. Res. Lebanon, Stafford and Mansfield, Conn. 

558. 1. MARY, b. Nov. 12, 1735; m. Capt. Phinehas Williams, of Mansfield, 

Conn. ; removed in 1778 to Woodstock, Vt. 

Robert Williams, of Roxbury, Mass., arrived at Boston, Mass., 
June 20. 1637. He came from Norwich, England, and was the 
eldest son of Stephen and Margaret (Cooke) Williams, of Great 
Yarmouth, England. He was admitted to the Ancient and 
Honorable Artillery company, in 1644. His third son, Isaac Wil- 
liams, was captain of the foot company of Newton, and was buried 
under arms. 

(3) Capt. Isaac Williams, Jr., son of the last named, sold his 
portion of his father's property and removed to Roxbury and 
settled on the portion of his grandfather Parke's property, which 
he had inherited from his uncle, John Smith, of Roxbury. 

(4) Capt. William Williams, of Mansfield, represented for many 
years that town in the General Court ot Connecticut He was 
not only prominent in the military service ot the colony but his 
sons followed in his footsteps. Amariah and Phinehas being 
connected with the Mansfield company, and the former, as its 
captain, led it to Boston on the Lexington alarm, and was at its 
head at Bunker Hill, and served through the Revolution. His 
son, Capt. Phinehas Williams, went to Woodstock, Vt., in 1774, 
from Mansfield, Conn. He was the seventh son ot William and 
Experience (Wilson), of Watertown, Mass., b. in Watertown, Nov. 
5, 1734. His wife was the dau. ot Bennett and Elizabeth (Spaf- 
tord) Field. He was captain of the first company ot militia ot 
Woodstock, and until his death, in 1820, there were two or more 
ot his descendants holding town or state offices continuously. 

(5) Capt. Phinehas Williams was commissioned by the colony 
of New York captain in the first company raised east ot the Green 
mountains, and was elected to but declined the colonelcy ot the 
regiment of which it became a part. Owing to the efforts ot the 
Aliens there was little fighting in Vermont during the contentions 
ot New York and New Hampshire to the ownership ot the 


"Grants," so that this company saw little service; but Captain 
Williams during the Revolution collected subsistence for the 
Revolutionary army, and was in charge ot such business in the 
section where he lived. Captain Williams was so much of an 
engineer that he and his son, Col. Oliver Williams, not only laid 
out the original warrants of the town and conducted the ordinary 
work of survejang; but the father, with the aid of his large fam- 
ily of sons, and his Palmer nephews (children ot Lucy (Field) 
Palmer), laid out the roads in Woodstock township on modern 
principles, blasting where necessary to keep them short and at a 
low level in that hilly region. The compiler of the family record 
has receipted bills for similar work in adjoining townships. He 
d. Dec. 2S, 1820. His wife d. March 26, 1810. 

Ch. : I. Experience, b. Feb. 17, 1755; m. Capt. Josiah Dun- 
ham, of Coventry, Conn., who resided in Woodstock, and from 
whom descended the Dunhams, Simmons, Richardsons, Perkins, 
Westovers, Wileys, Dodges, Smiths and Jaques. 

2. Oliver, b. 1758. He went to Woodstock with his father and 
was a surveyor. He helped lay out the town, and from exposure 
to his work died June 19, 1S23. Oliver Williams was elected col- 
onel of the regiment after the refusal of his father to accept the 
office. He m. Irene (Urana) Thomas, of Middleboro'. She d. 
at Woodstock, Dec. 4, 1S06; m., 2d, Mrs. Molly (Powers) Richard- 
son, dau. of Dr. Stephen Powers, and widow of Joran Richard- 
son. His ch. : (a) Mary, b. Jan. i, 17S5; m. Anson Dunham, 
s. p. (b) Abigail, b. 1786; m. Col. Joseph Topliff, of Bridgewater. 
She d. Oct. 31, 1864; seven children, (c) Ira, b. 1788; was an 
officer in the war of 1812; was in the regular array as quarter- 
master at Dabuque, Iowa, where he d., s. p., 1838. (d) Oliver, b. 
1790; n. f. k. (e) Otis, b. 1792: a schoolmaster in Woodstock; d. 
in Virginia, s. p., in 1S38. (f) Phinehas, b. 1795; enlisted in reg- 
ular army; n. f. k. (g) Nathan, b. 1798; d. s. p.. Hector, N. Y. 

3. Phinehas, b. 1760; went to Woodstock with his father; m. 
Susan White. She d. Sept. 28, 1790, age twenty-one ; m., 2d, 
Sally Gurley. He was in the army, and in 1815 moved to Ohio. 
(h) Phinehas, b. Sept. 28, 1790; res. in Bridgewater, Vt. (!) Ben- 
nett, b. 1795. (j) Chester, (k) Susan. (1) Adelme. (m) Warren, 
(n) Lucia, (o). Sally, b. 181 1. 

4. Jesse, b. 1761; remained in Mansfield, Conn., until 1775, 
when he moved to Woodstock and opened the first general 
store in that place. He is said to have been at the battle of 
Bunker Hill when only fourteen years ot age. Jesse Williams, 
son ot Captain Phinehas, was left with his uncle, Amariah, at 
Mansfield, when his father removed to Vermont. He has told 
his grandson, Dr. Edward H. Williams, that he was with the 
Mansfield company when it marched on the Lexington alarm, and 
was at Bunker Hill, In mentioning the name of his aunt and 
mother-in-law it should be written Lucy, and not Lucia. The 
last is a modification given to Williams' descendants. Jesse Wil- 
liams was the first merchant in Woodstock. He also extensively 
raised thoroughbred horses. He was elected associate judge ot 
the county court, and served for a number of years. He pur- 



chased in Hartiord, Conn., the first bell for the county court 
house. It was the first bell of the kind in the state. In 1803 he 
was appointed presiding judge; but declined the office and 
was appointed judge of probate for the Hartford district, 
which he held till 181 5, when he resigned. He had retired 
from business with a considerable fortune, and was afterward 
interested in numerous projects more or less connected with the 
growth of the town. Among them was the manufacture of the 
first enclosed stoves from soapstone slabs, held together by iron 
clamps at the corners, the stone coming from his quarry. He 
died at Woodstock, Jan. 27, 1842. He married his cousin, Han- 
nah, daughter of Lieutenant Gershom, Jr., and Lucy (Field) 
Palmer, of Woodstock, who was born at Mansfield, Conn., April 
I. 1769, and died at Woodstock, Vt., Jan. 27, 1837. Lieutenant 
Palmer served during the Revolution, and his grave is one of those 
decorated yearly by the G. A. R. He was descended from Capt. 
George Denison, of Stonington, Conn., who commanded the Con- 
necticut troops at the storming of the Narragansett fort and cap- 
tured Miatonomo. Ch. : (p) Norman, b. Nov. 6, 1791. Norman, 
eldest son of Hon. Jesse and Hannah (Palmer) Williams, was b.' 
at Woodstock, Vt, Nov. 6, 1791. He fitted for college at home 
and at the academies of Royalton and Randolph, and entered the 
sophomore class of the University of Vermont, in October, 1807, 
and at the commencement of Aug. 18, 1810, delivered a ''Poem 
v/ith Valedictory Addresses." For many years thereafter Mr. 
Williams was called upon for poems on commemorative occasions, 
and numerous extracts from the press show that these were 
highly valued. After a course of law studies at home and at 
Burlington. Vt., he was admitted to the bar at the latter place, 
and at once opened an office at home, and practiced till October! 
1831. During this period he held the offices of Register of Pro- 
bate of the Hartford district (his father being judge). State Aud- 
itor of Accounts, i8ig-i823, and Secretary of State, 1823-1831— in 
each case declining re-election. He then, unfortunately, formed 
a partnership with his brother-in-law in the hardware business in 
Montreal, and remained till 1834, when foreseeing the coming of 
the rebellion, in which his partner was engaged, he returned to 
Woodstock and resumed legal practice. He was secretary of the 
State Senate in 1835-1839; and thence till his death, in 1868, he 
was clerk of the courts of Windsor county. During this interval 
he was one of the commissioners to revise the State statutes; 
twice was a State Senator ; and was one of the commission to pre- 
pare plans for a new State house. He was one the incorporators 
of the Vermont Medical College, and during the greater part of 
its life dean of its faculty, and from 1849-1853 a trustee of his 
alma mater. Had he been desirous of political preferment there 
was no office in the state which he could not have secured. 
Many of the offices he held were conferred upon him by his pol- 
itical opponents, and he declined the treasurership of the state to 
which he had been elected against his wishes, as well as nomina- 
tions for higher state offices. The highly laudatory resolutions 
adopted by the bar at his decease tell how much he was esteemed 


throughout the state, and in the printed lives ot many prominent 
Vermonters, as an evidence of their prominence and worth, it is 
stated that they held the friendship of "Norman Williams, of 
Woodstock." Remarried, Dec. ii, 1817, Mary Ann Wentworth, 
eldest child of Henry Barlow, Esq., and Rebecca (Appleton) 
Brown, ot Woodstock, and formerly of the New Brunswick bar. 
Mrs. Brown's mother was a cousin of Sir John Wentworth, last 
royal governor of New Hampshire, and also descended from 
Lieut. -Gov. John Wentworth, who served under Anne. On her 
father's side she descended from leaders in colonial history, one 
of them, Maj. Richard Waldron, commander of the New Hamp- 
shire troops, who was murdered by Indians at Dover, when over 
eighty years old, with circumstances of unusual cruelty. Mrs. 
Williams was highly cultured and refined, and has left traces of 
a gifted pencil m the seals of various courts, and in the present 
arrangement of the great seal of Vermont A recent writer on 
Woodstock, states, "fifty years ago it contained the best medical 
school in the state, and it had a local aristocracy that controlled 
society and intelligence, and its women were so cultivated and 
refined that one of them had a salon to which every distinguished 
guest of the town was invited, and which far and near was talked 
of as the one place to visit if you went to Vermont. The site of 
the old homestead where Mrs. Williams held high carnival in 
society is now used for a public library, and this brilliant woman 
herself is able to look down upon its habitues as graciously from 
her portrait as she once smiled on the saints and sinners who 
crossed her threshold." She was b. at St. Andrews, N. B., Nov. 
24, 1794, and d. at Montclair, N. J., Nov. 6. 1879. Mr. Williams 
d. at Woodstock, Jan. 12, 1868. 

Their children : i. Henry Brown, b. Jan. 24, 1820; m. June 
2. 1846, Mary, dau. of Joseph and Mary (Welch) Cooke, of 
Providence, R. L, b. there June 27, 1823; living in San Fran- 
cisco, Cal. Henry Brown Williams was ' a merchant in New 
York City and San Francisco, and tor many years agent 
for the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. He was knighted by the 
King of the Sandwich Islands. He d. at Santa Barbara, Cal., 
Feb. 8, 1890. Ch. : i. Joseph Henry, b. Nov. 9, 1847; d. 
Aug. 9, 1851, at Brooklyn, N. Y. 2. Mary Louise, b. Feb. 
16, 1850, at Brooklyn; m. April 11, 1871, Alfred, son of Joseph 
Henry and Sarah Susannah (Wood) Poett, b. Concepcion, Chile, 
March 3, 1839; she d. Santa Barbara, Cal. Living (1899) at Santa 
Barbara; civil engineer. Their four children are living, and 
the third. Alfred Reddington Poett, is one ot the California vol- 
unteers on detached duty with the United States signal corps, at 
Manila, Philippines. 

2. Mary Ann Wentworth, b. May 10, 1822; living (1899) at 
Evanston, 111. ; m. Dec. 29, 1851, Wm. Merritt Campbell, of St 
Albans, Vt, who d. at Sumter, S. C, Oct 11, 1862; merchant. 
Ch. : I. Mary Wentworth, b. Oct 20, 1852; m. Sept 5, 1875, 
Wm. H. Bartlett; res. at Evanston, 111. 2. Stephen Henderson, 
b. Sept. 20, 1854; m. and d. s. p. 3. William Norman, b. Aug. 
13, 1856; with Adams & Westlake Manufacturing Co., Chicago; 

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See page '203. 


wife deceased; one surviving daughter, Marion. 4. Charles, b. 
Nov. 7, 1858, unm. 5. Julia Riley, b. Sept. 19, 1862- d. Aug 
16, 1863. 

3. Edward Higginson, third child of Hon. Norman and Mary 
Ann Wentworth (Brown) Williams, of Woodstock, Vt., was b. 
there June i, 1824. and now resides at his country place, "Went- 
worth. ' • near Rosemont, Penn. After the usual course in the 
high grade private schools of his native town he decided to become 
an engineer, and all subsequent work tended in that direction. 
While studying the classics with his father he began a course in 
higher mathematics with Rosea Doton, well known throughout 
Vermont as a mathematician and engineer, and supplemented 
this by work with his uncle. Rev. Dr. George Palmer Williams, 
at Pontiac, who lately died full of years and honors as Emeritus 
Professor of Physics of the University of Michigan. Here Mr. 
Williams became acquainted with Col. John N. Berrien, state 
engineer, who was locating the Michigan Central railroad, and 
during his stay at Pontiac was constantly with the corps. He 
was now suffering from what was thought to be a severe attack 
of asthma, which defied all remedies, and lasted a number of 
years, but which was caused by the lodgment of part of a beech- 
nut burr in the vocal chords— afterwards ejected in a fit of cough- 
ing—when the trouble entirely disappeared. This alfliction 
resulted in his abandoning the life of an engineer, by the advice 
of his physicians, and he reluctantly began the study of med- 
icine and graduated at the Vermont Medical College in 1846. 
The following year was again passed at Pontiac in the open 
air with the construction corps of the railroad, but in 1847 he 
began the practice of medicine at Proctorsville, Vt. Mr. Doton, 
his old instructor, was then building the Rutland & Burlington 
railroad through the place, and Dr. Williams was with the corps 
as often as possible, and fortunately on one occasion when he 
was able to treat successfully one of the foremen who had a three- 
foot tamping bar blown through his head, behind the left eye. 
He removed his practice to Northfield, where he became ac- 
quainted with the management of the Vermont Central road, 
which had its headquarters there, and thus added to his railroad 
experience. The relief from his bronchial troubles now turned 
his mind back to his long cherished life work, and in October, 
1 85 1, he became assistant in building a railroad from Caughna- 
waga, Canada, to Plattsburg, N. Y,, and, within a few months, 
the death of the engineer left him in charge of the work, which he 
finished. From 1S55 to 1865 he was in charge of railroad work as 
superintendent in the west, and generally on the pioneer road into 
the wilderness, so that he acquired abundant experience. In the 
latter year he became general superintendent of the Pennsylvania 
railroad at Altoona, where he remained till 1870, when he was 
invited to bring his experience of eighteen years to the Baldwin 
Locomotive Works, and became a partner. Since that date he 
has resided in and about Philadelphia, and "Dr. Williams," 
as he is known throughout the world among railroad men, has 
introduced American locomotives throughout South America, 


Australia, Japan, India and Europe. While in Australia for the 
second time he was appointed United States Commissioner to the 
Sydney Exposition. In 1861 he received the honorary degree of 
M. A. from the University of Vermont, and in 1876 was created 
by the King of Sweden a Knight of the North Star, and also 
elected a member of the Swedish Royal Society. Dr. Williams 
erected, in 1895, for the University of Vermont, a building for 
the applied sciences and furnished it throughout, at a cost ot a 
quarter of a million dollars, in memory of his wife. He had 
previously erected a similar building for Carleton (Minn.) College, 
and also given it a sixteen-inch equatorial telescope. The work 
most pleasing to Dr. Williams was the erection on the family 
homestead of a beautiful granite free library, in memory of his 
parents, which he has fully endowed for maintenance and book 
fund, and this fall (1899) he is to add to it an extension of nearly 
the same size, as the original building is full of books. He married 
June 15, 1848, Cornelia Bailey, youngest daughter of John A. and 
Sarah (Bailey) Pratt, ot Woodstock, born Jan. 16, 1827; died at 
Rosemont, Pa., July 16, 1889. Mr. Pratt was one of the leading 
citizens in Woodstock, holding many county and state offices, and 
was one of the incorporators and trustees of the Vermont Med- 
ical College. Mrs. Williams possessed her father's love for 
flowers, and left a large collection ot terns gathered in all parts 
ot the world, and successfully cultivated at home. Dr. Williams 
died in Santa Barbara, Cal., since the above was written, in 
December, 1899. 

Their children were: i. Edward Higginson, b. at Proctors- 
ville, Vt., Sept. 30, 1849; living (1899) at Bethlehefn, Pa. He 
fitted for Yale College at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., 
1865-68, and graduated at New Haven in the class of 1872. Ina- 
bility to use his eyes forced him to join an engineering corps of 
the Pennsylvania railroad during the ensuing year as chainman ; 
but from 1873 to 1876 he studied the profession of mining engin- 
eering at the Lehigh University, South Bethlehem, Pa., gradu- 
ating with the class of 1875 as valedictorian. From 1876 till 1879 
he was connected with the mining corps, and in the latter year 
became chemist for a company at Danville. Pa., and on the 
change of the firm in the following year became its mining 
engineer. For a few months, in 1880-1881, he was principal assist- 
ant mining engineer of the Cambria Iron Co, at Johnsto<vn, and 
in charge of examination ot properties in Canada and the United 
States. A severe attack ot malaria forced him to resign, and 
after a few months' rest he was elected professor of mining 
engineering and geology at his second alma mater, which chairs 
he still holds. Professor Williams is a member of the American 
Institute of Mining Engineers, and was one of the original Fel- 
lows of the Geological Society of America. He is also a Fellow 
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and 
of the American Philosophical Society. He has been three times 
elected president of the associated alumni of Lehigh. His prin- 
cipal geological work has been the mapping of the Kansan glacial 
deposits across the state ot Pennsylvania. He has published 

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See page 205. 


numerous papers on this and kindred subjects and a few hooks. 
Since 1867 he has been engaged in compiling the records of the 
descendants of his ancestors, Robert Williams, of Roxbury, Mass. 
He married, at Roxbury, Mass., June 19, 1883, Jennie Olive, 
youngest daughter of Augustine S. and Ophelia (Leland) Bemis, 
of Boston, Mass., b. April 2. 1861, and living (1899). Ch. : 

1. Olive Bemis, b. July 10. 1884. 

2. Cornelia, b. at Roxbury, Mass., Aug. 26, 1885. 

3. Elizabeth, b. April 13, 1888. 

4. Edward Higginson, 3d, b. June 18, i88q. 

5. Norman, b. Aug. 19, 1891. 

6. Araory Leland, b. Dec. 14, 1892. 

7. Wentworth, b. at Rosemont, Pa., Sept. 7, 1895. 

2. William, b. at Lachine, Canada, March 9, 1854, and d. at 
Barnard. Vt., July 10, 1872, when a student at the University of 

3. Anna, b. at Janesville, Wis., July 25, 1858; m. June 22, 1887, 
William Frederick Dreer, of Philadelphia, Pa. They have 
adopted two children, Charlotte and Florence. Res. Rosemont, 
Pa., "Wentworth." 

4. Charles Storrow, b. Dec. 25, 1827; d. at Surrounded Hill, 
Ark., June 20, 1S90; University of Vermont, 1847; civil engineer; 
residing in the South, where he constructed and had charge ot 
several railroads, and was also in charge ol the engineers who 
located the southern boundary of Tennessee. During the Civil 
war he had charge of military transportation for the Confederate 
government in the district where he resided, and a number of 
times attempted to come North ; but was prevented, as his serv- 
ices were valuable to the South. 

5. Louisa Jane, b. Aug. 25, 1830; d. Dec. 30, 1841. She was a 
precocious child, acquiring a command of the organ when quite 
voung and able before her death to conduct the services ot the 

6. Norman, b. Feb. i, 1835, at Montreal, Canada, the only one 
of the children born out of Woodstock; m. Dec. ii, 1867, Caroline 
Cat on, dau. of Hon. John Dean Caton, of Ottawa, 111. Res. 1836 
Calumet Av., Chicago, 111. He d. June 19, 1899. Ch. : i. Laura, 
b. April 6, 1871; m. Gen. Wesley Merritt, Oct. 24, 1898. Maj.- 
Gen. Wesley Merritt was born in New York City, June 16, 1836. 
He was graduated at the United States Military Academy, July 
I, i860, and assigned to the dragoons; was promoted first lieu- 
tenant May 13, 1861, and captain April 5, 1862. He took part in 
Gen. George Stoneman's raid toward Richmond, in April and 
May, 1863, and was in command of the reserve cavalry brigade 
in the Pennsylvania campaign of the same year, being commis- 
sioned brigadier general of volunteers in June. For gallant and 
meritorious services during the battle of Gettysburg he was 
brevetted major. Still in command of his brigade, he took part 
in the various engagements in central Virginia in 1863-64, and was 
brevetted lieutenant-colonel and colonel in the regular army, and 
major-general for volunteers for gallantry at the battles of Yel- 
low Tavern, Hawes' Shop and Winchester respectively. On 


March 13, 1865, he was brevetted brigadier-general and major 
general in the regular army for bravery at the battle of Five 
Forks, and his services during the final Virginia campaign, and 
on April 14th was commissioned major-general of volunteers. 
After the war he was employed chiefly on frontier duly until 1882, 
when he was placed in charge of the United States Military 
Academy, at West Point. In June, 1S87, he was ordered to Fort 
Leavenworth. He became lieutenant-colonel of the Ninth cav- 
alry in 1866, colonel of the Fifth cavalry in 1876, and in 1887 
became brigadier-general. Later commanded the department of 
the Atlantic until assigned, in May, 1898, to command the United 
States torces in the Philippine Islands. In 1899 he commanded 
the department of the East into headquarters at Governor's 
Island, and in 1900, if arrangements are satisfactorily perfected 
will be retired with the rank of lieutenant-general. 2. Norman, 
b. Feb. 23, 1873. 3. Caroline Caton, b. May 8, 1875; d. May 25, 
1876. 4. Mary Wentworth, b. May 13, 187S. 

Norman Williams was a lawyer and a man of large affairs. 
He was born in Woodstock, Vt. His father, Norman Williams, 
was one of the prominent citizens of the Vermont town, as had 
been his grandfather, Jesse Williams, who was interested in pub- 
lic affairs and was a man of much influence in the state. His 
mother was Mary Anne Wentworth, whose family had contrib- 
uted members who had served in important colonial offices before 
the Revolution, and more than one member of which served as 
governor of New Hampshire. When the Revolution came they 
remained loyal to the crown, and when the English troops evacu- 
ated Boston they were compelled to leave also, as were all the 
prominent Tories of that time. When young Norman Williams 
had finished in the public school ot his native town he was sent 
to Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, N. H., where he prepared 
for college. He entered the University of Vermont, from which 
he was graduated in 1855. He then entered the Albany Law 
School. He continued his studies in the office ot the law firm of 
Tracy, Converse & Barrett, at Woodstock, Vt., until he was 
admitted to practice. After being enrolled as a member of the 
bar he concluded to come West, and in October, 1858, he was 
located in Chicago, and with an office as a lawyer. For two years 
he continued to practice alone, but in i860 he formed a partner- 
ship with King & Kales, and the new firm became King, Kales & 
Williams. This partnership continued until 1866, when Mr. Wil- 
liams withdrew and became a law partner of Gen. John L. 
Thompson, under the firm name ot Williams & Thompson. 
This partnership continued until the death of General Thomp- 
son, in 1888. The firm later became Williams, Holt & Wheeler. 
Mr. Williams had not been in Chicago long before he won a 
reputation as a business lawj^er, and from that time was 
identified with some of the largest business enterprises in the 
city. As legal adviser he assisted in the formation of the Pull- 
man Palace Car company, and became a member of the first 
board of directors of the company. The organization of the 
Western Electric company was due to Mr. Williams' efforts. 


The first telephone for public use in Chicago was brought here 
by him. The formation ot the Chicago Telephone company and 
the efficient management of it, making it one of the important 
business institutions in Chicago, were due to the wisdom and 
business foresight of Mr. Williams. For many years he took a 
keen interest in electrical matters. He became an expert in the 
theory and also in the mechanics of electrical engineering. He 
was also the first legal authority on subjects related to electrical 
undertakings. When the Paris electrical exposition was held, in 
1881, he was made United States Commissioner to it. For many 
years he was connected with the Western Union Telegraph com- 
pany in an advisory legal capacity, and also managed the more 
important part ot the litigation ot this company in the west. His 
business ability was rewarded with such success that he became 
rated among the wealthy men of Chicago before he had reached 
the prime ot life. During all of the business years of Mr. Wil- 
liams' life he was a busy man and occupied with large affairs ot 
both legal and commercial nature, yet he found time to devote to 
public matters. He contributed largely to the formation ot the 
first regiment of colored soldiers in Chicago during the Civil war 
and to the arming of them. He also found time for literary affairs. 
In connection with his brother, Edward H. Williams, he founded 
the "Norman Williams Public Library," in Woodstock, Vt., this 
name being given to it in honor of his father. When the late 
John Crerar made the bequest by which Chicago was g^ven the 
Crerar Library Norman Williams and Huntington W. Jackson 
were named in the will as the trustees. He was also a trustee of 
the Crerar estate. Mr. Williams was made the first president ot 
the library and the work of organizing the big institution was 
placed in his hands. He was for many years a director of the 
Chicago Public Library and one of the most active members of 
the directory. He was always alert in educational matters. 
He was a member of the Chicago, the Calumet, the Literary, and 
the University clubs. He was a student traveler who had passed 
many seasons in European travel and study, and as a result of 
these travels he acquired a large and most valuable library. In 
addition to other business affairs Mr. Williams was trustee of 
many large estates and served as executor and guardian in some 
of the largest. His name was identified with every public enter- 
prise of a big kind in which the people of Chicago have been 
interested in the last twenty years. Mr. Williams was a member 
and trustee ot the Second Presbyterian church of Chicago. For 
years he took an active interest in the affairs of this congregation. 
He also was deeply interested in the affairs ot the Chicago 
Orphan Asylum and was president of the institution. In politics 
he was a Republican. He always took a part in political affairs, 
but was never an ofl&ce seeker, nor did he ever concern himself 
with machine politics. He was one of the organizers and pro- 
moters of the Irish-American Republican club, which became a 
strong and influential organization in political affairs. Mr. Wil- 
liams was married in Ottawa, 111., to Miss Caroline Caton, daugh- 
ter of the late John Dean Caton, chief justice of the Supreme 


Court of Illinois. Three children survive him. They are two 
daughters, Laura and Mary, and a son, Norman. The elder 
daughter, Laura, is the wife of Maj. Gen. Wesley Merritt. Their 
marriage took place in London, England, on Oct. 24, 189S. Gen- 
eral Merritt had just returned from the Philippine Islands, where 
he had commanded the land forces in the reduction of Manila. 
He was sent then to Paris to attend the convention engaged in 
preparing the treaty of peace with Spain and the United Stntes. 
Miss Williams met him in London, and there the wedding took 
place at the Hotel Savoy. In recent years Mr. Williams had not 
been engaged actively in business, except with the more import- 
ant affairs with which he had been identified previously. 

Charles S. Holt, for many years a law partner of Norman Wil- 
liams, speaking of the latter, said: "I cannot talk about him now. 
We were most intimately associated for twenty-three years. No 
man ever had more friends or was more loyal to them. His 
whole nature was genial and sweet and he delighted in sacrific- 
ing himself for those he loved. Above all his mental power and 
professional success he will live in the memory of those that 
knew him as a man of great and affectionate love." 

7. Susan Arnold Williams, b. Jan. i, 1838; d. June 18, 1842. 

(q) Lucy, b. Oct. 30. 1794; d. Nov. 4, 1794. (r) Charles, b. Oct. 
27, 1796; d. s. p. Oct. 6, 1829. (s) Hezekiah. b. July 29, 1798; m. 
May 23, 1S26, Eliza Patterson, of Belfast, Me. He graduated at 
Dartmouth College in 1820; was a lawyer by profession and 
member of Congress from Maine, 1845-49. He d. Oct. 23, 1856. 
She d., Dixon, 111., Aug. 19, 1866. Ch. : 

40. Hezekiah, b. March 10, 1827; d., s. p., May 14, 1872. He 
was a physician and medical director of the army of the Tennessee 
in the Civil war. 

41. Margaret, b. Feb. 5, 1829; d. Jan. 14, 1844. 

42. Lucia Field, b. May 9, 1831; m. Goodwin; res. Chicago. 

43. Edward Patterson, b. Feb. 26, 1833; d. Jan. 24, 1870. He 
entered the navy as midshipman ; was in command of one of the 
monitors during the Civil war, and at its close was captain of the 
United States Steamship Oneida, which was run down by the 
English steamer Bombay in the harbor of Yokohama, Japan, at 
the above date. Captain Williams atter sending off all who could 
be crowded into the boats, with the remainder of his men went 
down with his ship. He left two sons, one is Edward Patterson, 
purchasing agent at the Baldwin Locomotive Works, in Phila- 

""■"- 44. Martin Henry, b. Feb. 24, 1835; d., s. p., July 19, 1878. 

45. Charles, b. Sept. 9, 1836; d., s. p., Feb. 14, 1873. 

46. Mary Field, b. and d. Aug., 1S40. 

47. Mary Field, b. May 7, 1842. 

(t) Mary Field, b. May 11, iSoo; m. Charles Henry, of Bradford; 
three children, (u) George Palmer, b. April 13, 1802. He was a 
minister of the Episcopal church, tutor at Kenyon College, first 
professor at the University of Michigan, and at his death pro- 
fessor and professor emeritus of Physics; there m. Elizabeth 
Edson, dau. of General Joseph, of Randolph, Sept. 22, 1829. She 



d. Ann Arbor, Mich., June 24, 1850; m., 2d, Mrs. Richards. Two 
ch. : Mary and Louise, both married, (v) Lucia, b. April 5, 1804; 
m. Dr. Willard P. Gibson ; five children, (w) Frederick Aug- 
ustus. He lived upon the old Phinehas Williams place, in West 
Woodstock; moved to Michigan; m. Miss Sue and had two chil- 

5. Bennett, b. 1763; d., s. p., 179S. 

6. Roger, b. 1769. He went to Woodstock with his father. 
The accidental death of his brother affected him through life, so 
that he was of a quiet and melancholy disposition. He m. Irene 
Ransom and had two children. Laura, b. ; m. Judge Ham- 
mond. Caroline b. ; m. Capt. John Orcutt, of Randolph, 

where they resided. Roger; m., 2d, Mrs. Ely. 

7. Hezekiah, b. 1770; d. Sept. 4, 1778. He was accidentally 
shot by his brother while going after cows. It was the day that 
the Hiram Powers house was raised, and as all the men in the 
town were assisting. Experience rode to the village to bring his 
father home. 

8. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 30, 1775; m. March 15, 1795, Dr. Stephen 
Drew, who studied with Dr. Powers. From them descended the 
families of Drew, French, Willard, Kendall, Storrs, McConnell, 
Bowen, Lovell, Hayes and Wood. 

BETSEY, b. Aug. 10, 1737; m. Sept. 22, 1763, William Gurley, of 

Mansfield; d. Nov. 16, 1776. He d. Aug. 16, 1814. 
LUCY, b. Feb. 11, 1739; m. March 8, 1760, Gershom Palmer, of 

ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 26, 1740; m. Sept. 24, 1761, Thomas Root, 

of Coventry and Westminster, Vt. 
HULDAH, b. Feb. 24, 1743; m. Moses Bicknell. 
SARAH, b. Aug. 9, 1744; m. May 22, 1766, Zebulon Gurley, of 
Mansfield. She d. Jan. i, 1793. He d. Jan. i, 1800. 

vii. BETHIA, b. April 8, 1746; m. April 17, 1767, Seth Pierce, of Mans- 
field, Conn. ; res. Berlin, Vt. He was son of Seth (Samuel, 
Samuel, Thomas, Thomas), b. Sept. 12, 1744; d. Homer, N. Y., 
in 1835. She d. Sept. 18, 1807, and he m., 2d, Patty Rindge. 
Ch. : I. Sarah, b. Nov. 20, 1767; m. Royal Storrs. 2. Lucinda, 
b. Sept. 14, 1769; m. Thomas Welch. 3. Bennett, b. Sept. 12, 
1771; d. March, 17, 1773. 4. Gordon, b. Aug. 31, 1773; ™. 
Thirsa Smally. 5. Samuel, b. May 23, 1777; d. Aug. 26, 1778. 
6. Samuel, b. May 20, 1779; m. Persis Barrows. 7. Elijah, b. 
April 27, 1781; m. Patty Moulton. 8. Seth, b. Feb. 17, 1784. 9. 
Daniel, b. March 16, 1786. 10. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 12, 1788; m. 
Chester Collins. 11. Bela, b. April 13, 1792. 

viii. HANNAH, b. May 2b, 1748; m. Stephen Brigham. 

ix. AMOS, b. April 20, 1750; m. Zeriah Baldwin. 

X. BENNETT, b. April 12, 1752; m. Elizabeth Pierce. 

xi. SAMUEL, b. May 6, 1754; m. Eunice Dunham. 

xii. ELIJAH, b. April 20, 1756; m. Tanison Crane. 

JOHN FIELD (John. John, Zechariah, John John, Richard, William, 
j, b. Hatfield, Mass., Sept. 14, 1700; m. in 1733, Editha Dickinson, b. Aug. 
dau. of Ebenezer and Hannah (Frary); d. Dec. 25, 1740; m., 2d, there Ann 
















23, 1707, 


Bagg. Mrs. Edith Field was granddaughter of Samuel Dickinson, b. July, 1638 ; 
m. Martha Bridgeman, b. 1649, dau. of James, of Springfield, Mass, who removed 
to Northampton. Samuel was son of Nathaniel, who came from England and 
located at Weathersfield in 1637; town clerk, 1645; representative, 1646 to 1658; 
removed to Hadley, Mass., in 1659; was a deacon and d. June 6, 1676. He d. May 26, 
1762; res. Hatfield, Mass. 

570. i. MEDAD, b. Aug. 8, 1734: m. Martha Morton. 

571. ii. EDITHA, b. June 15, 1737; m. Jan. 22, 1760, Augustus Fitch, of 

Windsor, Conn. 

572. iii. HANNAH, b. Oct. 5, 1740; m. Silas Graves, son of Elnathan, b. 

Feb. 8, 1732, of Hatfield. 

311. AMOS FIELD (John, John, Zechariah, John, John, Richard. William, 
William), b. Hatfield, Mass., June 24, 1708; m. Aug. 30, 1739, Mehitable Day, dau. 
of Thomas, of Hartford, Conn. He d. Oct. 10, 1759; res. Hatfield, Mass. 

573. i. ZECHARIAH, b. Jan. 6, 1744; m. Mehitable Dickinson and Rachel 

574- li. MEHITABLE, b. 1746. 

575. iii. AMOS, b. 1748. 

312. ELIAKIM FIELD (John, John, Zechariah, John. John, Richard, William, 
William), b. Hatfield, Mass., Nov. 27, 1711; m. in 1752, Esther Graves, of Whately, 
dau. of David and Abigail (Bardwell), b. Nov. 29, 1732. David Graves, b. Dec. 
1693, m. June, 1720, Abigail Bardwell, dau, of Robert of Hatfield, who served in 
the "Falls Fight" under Capt. Turner in King Phillip's war. Robert m. Mary 
Gull, dau. of William Gull, of Weathersfield, who on coming from England, located 
at Hadley, Mass., 1663; d. 1701. David Graves was son of Samuel, b. 1665; m. 

16S7, Sarah ; res. Sunderland, Mass., and she d. Oct. 15, 1734. Samuel was son 

of John Graves, who m. Mary Smith, b. 1630, dau. of Samuel Smith, and wife Eliz- 
abeth from England. John Graves was killed by Indians in Sept., 1677. She d. 
Dec. 16, 1668. His father was Thomas Graves, who came from England with his 
wife Sarah to Hartford, Conn. ; removed to Hadley, and d. in 1662. His wife Sarah 
d. in 1666. He d. Feb. 8, 1786; res. Hatfield, Mass. 

576. i. ZENAS, b. Aug. 10, 1753; m. Sarah Burroughs and Lydia Cathcart. 

577. ii. SARAH, b. April 22, 1755; m. David Scott (his second wife), of 


578. iii. ZILPAH, b. Nov. 13, 1756; m. Abner Loomis. He was of Colchester, 

Conn. Res. Whately, Mass. He d. April 2, 1S12, aged 62. She 
d. March 22, 1847. Ch. : i. Sally, b. Aug. 24, 1783. 2. Jona- 
than C, b. Oct. 18, 1785. 3. William, b. Sept. 26, 1789. 4. Leonard, 
b. July 30, 1797. 5. Luther, b. Nov. 20, 1798. 
579- iv. RHODA, b. Oct. 26, 1758; m. Elisha Waite, of Hatfield. He d. 
June 29, 1816; shed. Jan. 19, 1819. 

JOHN, b. Aug. 25, 1760; m. Lucy Look. 

ABIGAIL, b. July 21, 1762; m. Roger Dickinson, of Whately; she 
d. Feb. 9, 1809. 

DAVID, b. April 11, 1764; m. Tabitha Clark. 

ESTHER, b. April 4, 1767; an invalid; d. unm. 

HANNAH, b. June 21, 1769; ra. May ro, 1796, Samuel Grimes, b. 
1771; d. March 24, i8i6, in Whately, Mass.; m., 2d, probably, 
April 25, 1823, Oliver Cooley, of South Deerfield. She d. May 13, 
1843. Oliver Cooley was a trader and inuholder; Hannah was his 
second wife, s. p. 












318. LIEUT. JOHN FIELD (Zechariah, John. Zechariah. John. John, Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Jan. 12, 1718; m. July ro, 1738, Hannah Boltwood, dau. 
of Samuel and Hannah (Alexander), of Amherst. John Field, son of Zechariah 
and Sarah (Clark), b. in Hatfield, Mass. He removed in 1736 to Amherst, where he 
d. His res. was where some of the college buildings now stand. He was a prom- 
inent man in town, holding various town offices. He held a lieutenant's commission 
under the king, and at first refused to take the side of the colonies. At a meeting 
of the Council of Safety, held at Northampton, Nov. 10, 1776. he was cited to appear 
before the Colonial authorities, when he renounced his allegiance to the king, and 
became a firm supporter of the colonial cause. Res. Amherst, Mass. 

585. i. JOHN, bap. May 18, 1740; m. Elizabeth Henderson and Mrs. 

Rachel (Waite) Wells. 

586. ii. ABIGAIL, bap. July 11, 1742; d. in infancy. 

587. iii. MARTHA BOLTWOOD, bap. Oct. 2. 1743; m. Col. Nathan Allen. 

of Amherst, and Thomas Bascom. Res. Amherst and Hatfield, 
Mass. Ch. : I. Joel, b. Sept. 18, 1773. 2. Nathan, b. June 22, 
1775. 3. Martha, b, Aug. 12, 1777. 4. Nathan, b. April 8, 1779. 
5. David, b. Aug. 8, 1780. 

588. iv. MARY, bap. July 27, 1746; m. in 1765, Joel Billings, of Amherst; 












she d. Aug. 18, 1813. He was son of Deacon John, b. April i, j,no_ 
1747; d. Nov. 4, 1825; his second wife was Mrs. Lombard. ^^ 

589. V. ABIGAIL, bap. June 5, 1748; m. in 1770, Gideon Dickinson, Jr., of 
Amherst. They removed to Washington, Vt. ; she d. , and 'he m., 
2d, Lydia Dickinson; six children. 

590. vi. SARAH, bap. May 27, 1750; m. in 1774, Timothy Clapp, of Am- 
herst; she d. Feb., 1799. He was bap. May 21, 1749; son of Pre- 
served and Sarah (West); res. Amherst, Mass.; he left one dau., 
Patty, who m. Nov. 26, 1801, Elihu Belding, of Amherst. 

EBENEZER, b. March 22, 1752; m. Sarah Gould. 

SAMUEL, bap. Jan. 20, 1754; m. Meriam Nash. 

JEMIMA, bap. May 25, 1755; m. Jan. 15, 1775, Oliver Bridgman, of 

JONATHAN, bap. Dec. 9, 1739; m. Sally Smith and Johnson. 

ZECHARIAH, b. in 1757. Field, Zechariah, Amherst. Return of 
men drafted from Hampshire county militia to march to Horse 
Neck under command of Col. Samuel How (year not given), but 
who failed to join regiment; drafted to Amherst; drafted into 
Capt. Brakenridge's CO. Mass., Rev. Records. 

322. COL. DAVID FIELD (Samuel, Samuel, Zechariah. John. John, Richard, 
William, William), b. Hatfield, Mass., Jan. 4, 1712; m. 1740, Mrs. Thankful Taylor. 
b. July 18, 1 716, dau. of Thomas and widow of Oliver Doolittle. She d. March 26, 
1803. He settled in Deerfield, where he was engaged in mercantile business, also 
in trading with the Indians on the Mohawk river, N. Y. From his generosity and 
g^eat losses during the Revolution he failed in business, and his large landed estate 
was sold for a small part of its value, and from his notes and accounts never realized 
six cents on the dollar of their amount which was nearly twenty thousand pounds. 
The store in which he traded was taken down in the spring of 1877. He was a 
member of the first Massachusetts Congress that met in Concord in 1774; also in the 
Congress that met in Cambridge in 1775. He was a member of the Massachusetts 
Council of Safety, who gave a commission signed May 4, 1775, of colonel to Benedict 
Arnold for raising four hundred men from the Berkshire regiments for the capture 


of Fort Ticonderoga. They also gave him an order on Col. Thomas W. Dickinson, 
of Deerfield, dated May 5, 1775, for him to procure for the army to be raised for the 
capture of Fort Ticonderoga fifteen thousand pounds of beef cattle, and deliver 
them at or near said fort, which order he gave Mr. Dickinson on the morning of 
the 6th at the tavern of Major Salah Barnard, where he took breakfast. Col. Dick- 
inson purchased the cattle and started them on the morning of the 7th, taking with 
him his younger brother Consider, then a lad of fourteen, and reached Castleton, 
Vt., on the 12th, the same day the troops from Berkshire arrived, where he met an 
order from Arnold to turn all the cattle but four yoke which were to be used by the 
troops for transportation, the fort having been already captured on the morning of 
the loth by Col. Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain boys. He was commissary- 
general under Gen. Stark at the battle of Bennington, Aug. 16, 1777, and was in 
command of a regiment for a short time. He was a very active and influential man 
In town and received from his townsmen many important offices. He was in the 
confidence of John Hancock and other leading men of the times. 

The Massachusetts State Rev. Records has this! "Field, David. Official 
record of a ballot by the House of Representatives dated Jan. 31, 1776; said Field 
chosen colonel of 5th Hampshire Co. regt. of Mass. militia; appointment concurred 
in by Council Feb. 8, 1776; reported commissioned Feb. 8, 1776; also colonel; re- 
turn dated Boston, April 8, 1777, signed by Brig.-Gen. Timothy Danielson, of com- 
panies of militia from Hampshire Co., which turned out as volunteer under Col. 
David Leonard and Lieut. Col. Nay to reinforce the army at Ticonderoga, agreeable 
to order of Council of Feb. — , 1777; two companies raised from said Field's regt. ; 
also, resignation dated Deerfield, Feb. 14, 1778, signed by said Field, stating that 
he had been appointed to the 'first commission' in 5th Hampshire Co. regt., that he 
had served in that capacity to the best of his ability, but owing to old age was no 
longer able to fulfill the duties of his office, and asking that his resignation be 
accepted; resignation accepted bj- General Court, Feb. 20, 1778." 

From Deerfield town records ; 

"The uncertainty of Success in this our attempt (should the season prove favor- 
able) by reason of our Remoteness from market. The scarcity of i\Ioney Amongst 
us and the apprehension of an Heavier Tax this year so influenced the Town, that 
we had not a vote for a Representative and Caused us to Hope should this our State 
be laid before your Honours, you would not lay a fine upon us (who are scarce 100 
families) for not Complying with the precept sent us in all which is submitted to 
yo'ir Hours Wise Consideration by your Honrs obedient Humble Servants — Wm. 
Williams, David Field, Jonath Hoit. " 

"To the Honble House of Representatives in Gen. Court Assembled May 29. 
1 751: We the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Deerfield and at the request of 
sd Town on our and their behalf Humbly Desire In excuse for not sending any 
Person this year to Represent us in the Great and General Court ; To oflfer the fol- 
lowing reasons: That we have been great sufi'erers in the last war, in being Drt)ve 
from our improvements so that we have been obliged to buy pork of our neighbors 
and have had befor the War, more fat Cattle in our Stalls in May, than has been 
fatted in Town any year since the War Commenced, and what few we fatted the 
last year take the Town together did not fetch what they cost in the Fall by which 
our Time, Hay and Provender was entirely lost to us. That through Difficulty we 
have Repaired our Fences that were not Burnt and made Such new as were; and at 
the desire of Many and particularly some Gentlemen in Boston, have laid ourselves 
out to our utmost by Clearing, Fitting and Sowing some Hundred acres of Wheat; 
for an Experiment whether we cannot raise as good as the other Governments. In 
doing of which we have unavoidably expended what little money we had, which 


will in no poor Degree be evidenced by the Acts of the Committee Appointed to give 
Certificates (to) such as had any money to Exchange for the Dollars." 
He d. April 19, 1792; res. Deerfield, Mass. 

596. i. MARY, b. Oct. 31, 174 1; m. Sept. i, 1755, Rev. James Taylor, of 

Norwalk. He was the son of John; was b. 1729; was graduated 
at Yale College in 1754, and was schoolmaster at Deerfield in 1755. 
Studied theology with Parson Ashley, settled as minister in New 
Fairfield in 1758. In 1764 he was tried for holding doctrines of 
Sandemanianism by the Association, and was deposed from the 
ministry. He returned to Deerfield, but soon settled in Buckland. 
He held to his new doctrines through life, and was killed by a 
limb falling upon him July 7, 1785. Was the first person buried 
in the Buckland graveyard. She d. Dec. 29, 1779. Ch. : i. Mary, 
bap. Oct. 27, 1755; d. young. 2. Mary, b. June 29, 1758; m. Daniel 
Trowbridge. 3. John James Stewart, b.. Jan. 30, 1761; m. Mary 
E. Hawks. 4. Tirza, b. Jan. 11, 1764; m. Seth Hawks, Jr. 5. 
David Field, b. Jan. 19, 1767; m. Rhoda Thompson. 6. Hannah, 
b. June 16, 1772; m. Col. Elihu Hoyt. 7. Betty Filena, b. July 8, 
1774; m. Hezekiah Hurlburt. 8. Gratia, b, June 17, 1777; m. 
Daniel Hurlburt. 9. Sarah Amarilla, b. Dec. 27, 1779; m. Zecha- 
nah Dutton. 10. Samuel Edwards, b. ; a teacher at Buck- 
land and Conway, and d. at latter place, Feb. 13, 1793. 

597. ii. SAMUEL, b. Sept. 14, 1743; m. Sarah Childs. 

598. iii. RUFUS, b. July 20, 1745; d. July 23, 1746. 

599. iv. DAVID, b. May 4, 1747; m. Hannah Childs. 

600. V. TIRZA, b. April 16, 1749; m. Nov. 28, 1771, Jonathan Ashley, and 

Aug. 27, 1792, Rev. Jonathan Leavitt, of Heath. Ashley was son 
of Jonathan, Jr., b. 1739; was graduated at Yale in 1758; was a 
lawyer with a large practice; was a Tory, in consequence of which 
he got into trouble. After the Revolution he lived in Shelburne ; 
was there in 1785-86; sold his house in Deerfield in 1786. He d. 
May 30, 1787; she d. Nov. 22, 1797. Ch. ; i. William, b. Sept. 
28, 1772; d. Oct. 7, 1772. 2. Harriet, bap. Oct. 24, 1773; m. Eliel 
Gilbert. 3. Tirza, b. Nov. 19, 1774; m. Rufus Saxton. 4. Doro- 
thy, b. March 3, 1776; m. Roswell Leavett. 5. Abigail, b. Sept. 
7, 1777; m. David White. 6. Elizabeth Matilda, bap. May i, 1780; 
d. on Dark Day, May 19, 1780. 

601. vi. OLIVER, b. Sept. 13, 1751; m. Ketnra Hoyt. 

602. vii. ELIHU, b. Oct. 16, 1753; m. Hepzibah Dickinson. 

603. viii. THANKFUL, b. March 25, 1758; m. Jan. 25, 1775, Col. Thomas 

Wells Dickinson, son of Thomas, b. 1751; lived on lot No. i; was 
a farmer; captain of militia company May 3, 1776; major May 22, 
1778; lieutenant-colonel June 19, 1794; Whig in Revolution; ap- 
pointed assistant commissary under Col. Arnold, May 4, 1775. 
For several years he did valuable work in patriot cause in that 
department; in 1780 was in the continental army as lieutenant, 
under Capt, Isaac Newton in Col. Murray's regt. ; was at West 
Point and vicinity when the treason of his old commander was 
discovered, and saw Washington when he arrived on the scene 
from Hartford. He d. May 16, 1835; she d. Jan. 21, 1836. Ch, : 
I. Pamelica. b. Dec. 5, 1775; d. July 21, 1778. 2. Jonathan, b. 
May 8, 1778; m. Nancy Paine, dau. of Gen. Edward. 3. Pamelica, 


b. May 23, 1780; m. Robert Bard well. 4. Thankful, b. Jan. 23, 
1782; m. Pliny Arms. 5. Thomas W., b. March 26, 1784; m. 
Lucy Hoyt. 6. Rev. Rodolphus, b. June 27, 1786; m. Nancy 
Hoyt. 7. David, F., b. April 12, 1793; m. Fanny Hoyt and Mrs. 
Amelia (Jones) Ware. 8. Clarissa, b. Dec. 29, 1794; d. unm. Feb. 
27, 1862. 9. Richard, b. Nov. 23, 1798; d., s. p., July 30, 1871. 
604. ix. FILANA, b. Sept. 5, 1761; m. about 1785. Consider Dickinson. He 
was b. 1 761 ; was several times out in the continental service; was 
at Fort Griswold, whence he was discharged the day before it was 
captured by Arnold, and later at Newburgh. After the war he 
spent some years in Canada hunting and trading in turs. He 
was a noted character and a prominent figure in Deerfield in his 
day, and especially noted for his exhaustless fund of humorous 
anecdotes and song. He lived on the house lot which the proprie- 
tors voted Rev. John Williams when he went there to preach in 
1686; the last lineal descendant of Parson Williams there sold it 
in 1789 to Mr. Dickinson, after living on the place for sixty-five 
years. "Uncle Sid," as he was universally called, d. Dec. 4, 
1854, aged 94. By industry, good judgment and economy he had 
accumulated what was a large property for the times, which was 
left without reserve to his wife; but there is evidence of a mutual 
understanding that it was to be eventually used for some public 
purpose; this fund was impaired by some unfortunate invest- 
ments, but by the most scrupulous economy and conscientious fru- 
gality "Aunt Esther" was able to leave a largely increased amount 
to a board of trustees for the purpose of establishing and main- 
taining a free academy and public library on this old historic 
ground ; the building erected for these institutions probably covers 
the very spot where stood the house of Parson John Williams, 
Feb. 29, 1703-4, and whence he and his family were earned to death 
or captivity. Filana d. Oct. 31, 1831, and he ra., 2d, 1840, Esther 
327. CAPT. MOSES FIELD (Thomas, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Longmeadow, Mass., Feb. 16, 1722; m. Sept. 15, 1748, 
Rebecca Cooley, dau. of Jonathan and Joanna; d. Feb. 14, 1783; m., 2d, Nov. i, 
1783, Mrs. Lydia Champion, widow of Dr. Reuben, of West Springfield; she d. May 
I, 1809. He served five years in the Revolutionary army, and was promoted to the 
rank of captain. He d. March 7, 1815; res. Longmeadow, Mass. 

605. i. REBECCA,, b. Nov. 29, 1748; m. Nov. 25, 1773, Amariah Wool- 
worth, of Longmeadow; d. Dec. 20, 1836. 

ELIJAH, b. Dec. 23, 1750; d. Dec. 31, 1767. 

OLIVER, b. Nov. 15, 1752; m. Ann Cooley. 

MOSES, b. Feb. 9, 1755; m. Lydia Champion. 

DIADEMIA, b. Oct. 9, 1756; m. March 4, 1788, Stephen Williams. 
She m., 2d, June 25, 1793, Jacob Kibbe, of Monson, and she d. 

AARON, b. June 24, 1761; m. Flavia Burt. 

ALEXANDER, b. Feb. 5, 1764; m. Flavia Colton and Jerusha 

SARAH, b. Feb. 24, 1766; d. July 12, 1777. 

NAOMI, b. May 22, 1777; d. July 31, 1777. 

AARON, b. June 24, 1759; d. Aug. 30, 1760. 






















328. DR. SIMEON FIELD (Thomas, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John. Rich- 
ard. William, William), b. Longmeadow, Mass., April 25, 1731; m. Dec. 29, 1763, 
Margaret Reynolds, dau. of Rev. Peter and Elizabeth, b. July 16, 1742; d. Feb. 9, 
1796. He gfraduated at Yale College as a physician. He settled in Enfield, Conn., 
where he was very celebrated, and had an extensive practice. He also kept a tav- 
ern which is now, 1900, still standing, and is known as the old Field tavern. He 
also was an active and influential man during the Revolution, and during his time 
was easily the most important man in his town. 

Rev. Nathaniel Collins, of Enfield, sued Simeon Field, one of the principal 
inhabitants of Enfield, and of the first church society, and the rest of the inhabit- 
ants, but was defeated, April 29, 1771 — Public Records of Connecticut. 

He d. Jan. 7, 1801; res. Enfield, Conn. 

615. i. SIMEON, b. June 3, 1765. He graduated at Yale College in 1785, 

a physician. He settled in Somers, Conn., but after his father's 
death returned to Enfield, where he died unmarried March i, 1822. 

616. ii. MARGARET, b. Feb. 27, 1768; m. Dec. 19, 1791. Rev. Joshua 

Leonard, of Ellington, Conn, and removed to New York. He d. in 
Auburn. N. Y., Dec. 18, 1843, aged 75. Ch. ; i. John Adams 
Leonard, b. Elington, Conn.. Jan. 16, 1799; ™' Alton, 111., Annis 
Armitage, d. there 1858; he d. Chicago, Jan. 13, 1886. Ch. ; 
(a) Margaret, dead, (b) Laura Annis, dead, (c) Maria, (d) Flora, 
dead, (e) Simeon Field, d. two years old. (f) Simeon Field, b. 
Sept. 4, 1852; m. Sept. 11, 1879, Louise Adele Chandler, b. Nov. 
5, 1853; res. 212 So. Grove avenue. Oak Park, 111. Ch. ; i. John 
Chandler Leonard. ii. Laura Francis Leonard, iii. Edward 
Simeon Leonard, iv. Robert Weston Leonard, v. Dean Rollins 
Leonard, vi. James Chandler Leonard and vii. Louise Chandler 
Leonard, twins, viii. Margaret Elizabeth Leonard, (g) Eliza- 
beth, dead. Margaret d. March 5, 1824. 

617. iii. MARY, b. Feb. 22, 1771; m. Oct. 15, 1801, Hon. William Dixon, of 

Enfield, Conn. ; she d. Oct. 23, 1845. He was b. about 1775 ; d. 
about T839; res. Enfield, Conn. He was b. in Killingly, Conn., 
and while a young man settled in Enfield ; there for some time he 
taught school ; another brother being engaged in a similar profes- 
sion in the same building, only in another room. He studied law 
and practiced there until his death. As will be noticed in the pic- 
ture of his residence, the one-story addition at the left of main part 
was used as his law ofiice. He was representative to the General 
Court, and for twelve years was the trusted and honored town 
clerk. He erected the bridge in that town that spans the Connec- 
ticut river, by the aid of a lottery, in 1832. This toll bridge which 
several years ago was condemned as unsafe for use is now the 
property of William Dixon Marsh, of Evanston, 111., having been 
willed to him by his father, whose wife was a daughter of Mrs. 
Dixon. The children of Hon. Wm. Dixon were : i. Simeon Field 
Dixon. He was graduated at Yale College; studied law; prac- 
ticed his profession, and d. unm. 2. William E., m. Elizabeth 
Johnson ; he was a Congregational clergyman ; two ch. : William J. 
and Charles, both res. Cimeron, Kan. 

3. James, b. in Enfield, Conn., Aug. 5, 1814; d. in Hartford, 
March 27, 1873. He was graduated at Williams with distinction in 
1834; studied law in his father's office, and began practice in 


Enfield; but soon rose to eminence at the bar, removed to Hartford, 
and there formed a partnership with Judge Wm. W. Ellsworth. 
Early combining with his legal practice an active interest in public 
affairs, he was elected to the popular branch of the Connecticut 
legislature in 1837 and 1838, and again in 1844. In 1840 he m. Eliza- 
beth L., dau. of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Cogswell, professor in the 
Connecticut Theological Institute. Mr. Dixon at an early date had 
become the recognized leader of the Whig party in the Hartford con- 
gressional district, and was chosen, in 1845, a raemberof the United 
States House of Representatives. He was re-elected in 1847, and 
was distinguished in that difficult arena alike for his power as a 
debator and for an amenity of bearing that extorted the respect 
of political opponents even in turbulent times following the Mexi- 
can war, and the exasperations of the sectional debate precipitated 
by the "Wilmont Proviso." Retiring from Congress in 1840, he 
was in that year elected from Hartford to a seat in the Connecticut 
Senate, and having been re-elected in 1854, was chosen president 
of that body, but declined the honor, because the floor seemed to 
offer a better field for usefulness. During the same year he was 
made president of the Whig State Convention, and having now 
reached a position of commanding influence, he was in 1857 elected 
United States senator, and participated in all the parliamentary 
debates of the epoch that preceded the civil war. He was remark- 
able among his colleagues in the Senate for the tenacity with 
which he adhered to his political principles, and for the clear pre- 
sage with which he grasped the drift of events. Six years after- 
ward in the midst of the Civil war he was re-elected senator with a 
unanimity that had had no precedent in the annals of Connecticut. 
During his service in the Senate he was an active member of the 
Committee on Manufactures, and during his last term was at one 
time appointed chairman of three important committees. While 
making his residence in Washington the seat of an elegant hospi- 
tality, he was remarkable for the assiduity with which he followed 
the public business of the Senate and for the eloquence that he 
brought to the discussion of grave public questions as they suc- 
cessively arose before, during and after the Civil war. Among his 
more notable speeches was one delivered June 25, 1862, on the 
constitutional status created by the so-called acts of secession, a 
speech that is known to have commanded the express admiration 
of President Lincoln, as embodying what he held to be the true 
theory of the war in the light of the constitution and of public 
law. To the principles expounded in that speech Mr. Dixon 
steadfastly adhered during the administration alike of President 
Lincoln and of his successor. In the impeachment trial of Presi. 
dent Johnson he was numbered among the Republican senators 
who voted against the sufficiency of the articles, and from that 
date he participated no longer in the councils of the Republican 
party. Withdrawing from public life in i86g, he was urged by the 
President of the United States and by his colleagues in the Senate 
to accept the mission to Russia, but refused the honor, and with- 
out returning to the practice of his profession, found occupation 
for his scholarly mind in European travel, in literary studies, and 


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in the society of congenial friends. From his early youth he had 
been a student and lover of the world's best literature. Remark- 
able for the purity of his literary taste and for the abundance of 
his intellectual resources, he might have gained distinction as a 
prose writer and as a poet, if he had not been allured to the more 
exciting fields of law and politics. While yet a student at college 
he was the recognized poet of his class, and even his graduation 
thesis was written in verse. His poems, struck off as the leisure 
labors of a busy life, occupy a conspicuous place in Everest's 
"Poets of Connecticut," while five of his sonnets, exquisite for 
refinement of thought and felicity of execution, are preserved side 
by side with those of Bryant, Percival and Lowell in Leigh 
Hunt's 'Book of the Sonnet." He was also a frequent contributor 
to the "New England Magazine" and to the periodical press. 
Trinity College conferred upon him in 1862 the degree of LL.D. 
Deeply imbued with classical letters, versed in the principles and 
the practice of law, widely read in history, and possessing withal 
a logical mind, Mr. Dixon always preferred to discuss public ques- 
tions in the light of a permanent political philosophy instead of 
treating them with paramount reference to the dominant emotions 
of the hour. 

.4. Mary Reynolds, m. Dr. Asa Leffingwell Spalding. He 
was the son of Stephen and Molly (Leffingwell), and was b. 
in Enfield, Conn., Sept. 18, 1800. He first married in 1834, Mary 
Reynolds Dixon, of Enfield, Conn. She was the dau. of Wil- 
liam Dixon, lawyer, and sister of Hon. James Dixon, of Hart- 
ford, Conn., United States senator from Connecticut. She d. in 
1 841. His second wife, Sarah Howe Field Spalding (which see) d. 
March 7, 1864. He d. Jan. 7, 1864. His parents moved from Col- 
chester, Conn., soon after his birth. There he fitted for college at 
Beacon Academy. He relinquished, however, the idea of a colle- 
giate education and entered upon the study of medicine, which he 
pursued in part under the instruction of Dr. North, of Hartford, 
Conn., and subsequently in the medical school at Yale College, 
from which he received his degree in 1S32. He also received the 
same from the Berkshire Medical School in 1833. He began the 
practice of his profession in Marlboro, Conn ; thence he moved to 
East Haddam, Conn., continuing but a short time in each of these 
places. He went in the spring of 1839 to Enfield, Conn., where he 
spent the remaining twenty-five years of his life, constantly en- 
gaged in the duties of his profession. He was a man of marked 
energy of character — a quality which showed itself in the vigorous 
support he rendered in church and religious matters, no less suc- 
cessful than his professional life. His two oldest sons are gradu- 
ates from Williams College. Ch. ; 1. William Dixon, b. Oct. 7, 
1836; graduated Williams College, 1S60; was four years in the civil 
service in the office of the Senate at Washington ; since then has 
been in journalism and resided most of the time since 1867 in Lon- 
don, England and New York City. 2. James Field, b. Dec. 5, 
1839; m. April 2S, 1864, Mary Harper; res. Concord, Mass. He was 
fitted for college and graduated at Williams in 1862, and there was 
tutor in Greek for one year, and later one of the principals at the 


Round Hill school for boys at Northampton, Mass. ; admitted to 
deacon's orders in the Episcopal church in 1869, and at once began 
ministerial work in Northampton; was rector there in 1869, and 
held the same position at St. John's parish in Ithaca, N. Y. , m 1870; 
was rector in Portland, Conn.. 1872-79; Cambridge, Mass., 1879-91. 
He withdrew from the Episcopal church in 1892, and joined the 
Roman Catholic church the same year. A period of ecclesiastical 
uncertainty in his life must be noted, extending over nearly four 
years, from the spring of 1892. He is now leading a literary life. 
He has written and published "The Ordmances of Confirmation" 
in 1880, and in 1886 "The Teaching and Influence of St. Augus- 
tine." His children are; (a) Mather Raymond, b. May 22, 1865; 
graduated at Harvard in 1887; M.A. there in 1888; taught Latin 
and Greek in St. Mark's, Southboro', to 1892; studied music in 
Paris and in Munich, 1892-5; became instructor in music in Harv- 
ard, 1895 ; is m. and res. Cambridge, Mass. (b) Henry Dixon, b. 
July 15, iS6q; educated at high school in Cambridge; is in busi- 
ness in St. Paul, (c) Philip Leffingwell, b. June 27, 1871; gradu- 
ated at Harvard in 1892; took M.A. there in 1893, and B.S. in 
1894. He is an electrical engineer with Bell Telephone Co. ; res. 
406 Market street, Philadelphia, Pa. 3. Sarah L., b. May 24, 1844; 
d. July II, 1865. 4. John Edward, b. Jan. 27, 1847; he was in the 
regular army; address, 29 Liberty street, New York.* 

5. Eliza, b. 1806; m. April 5, 1837, Rev. Ezekiel Marsh. He was 
b. in Danvers, Mass., Oct. 5, 1808; was fitted for college at Exeter, 
and was graduated at Bowdoin in the class of 1831. At Brunswick 
he was industrious and faithful. He was a man of good capacity 
and common sense, having excellent judgment. He had an ami- 
able temper, well expressed by his handsome face. Later he gradu- 
ated at Andover Theological Institute and went to New Haven to 
put on a finishing touch. In 1835 he was ordained and settled in 
the pleasant town of Ellington, Conn., and remained there until his 
decease Aug. 30, 1844. His children were: (a) Elizabeth Taylor, 
b. Jan. 7, 1838; m. in 1892, Dr. Frank Kin^el; res. Lake Worth, 
Fla. (b) William Dixon, b. Feb. 7, 1840; m. Aug. 25, 1884, Lora 
E. Campbell, b. Jacksonville, 111., June 26. 1846. She is the dau. 
of William Hamilton Campbell and Emelina Parsons; is a mem- 
ber of the Chicago Society Daughters of the Revolution, joining 
the same as a descendant of Major Joseph Parsons, who enlisted 
in the Revolutionary war as a drummer boy, but before peace had 
been declared had risen rapidly to the rank of major for meritori- 
ous service. She is a remarkably handsome and vivacious 
woman, and an excellent conversationalist, and traces her descent 
from Rev. John Hancock, of Lexington, Mass., the grandfather of 
Gov. John Hancock, the signer of the Declaration of Independ- 
ence; the first governor of Massachusetts after the adoption of its 
State constitution ; chairman of the Provincial Congress, and ' 'the 
founder of civil liberty in Massachusetts." Mrs. Marsh is also de- 
scended from Gov. Oliver Ellsworth, of Connecticut, Rev. Peter 
Reynolds, Rev. Thomas Whitfield, and Rev. Thomas Hooker. 

* Sarah Howe was not the daughter of Dr. Simeon Field as stated on pasre 604 of the Spald- 
ing Genealogy, but of Salathiel, as I have from her sister, who certainly ought to know. 

See page •its. 


She is particularly interested in colonial and historical furniture 
and bric-a-brac, and her handsome home, "Enfield Place," is filled 
with these articles, many of which antedate the Revolution. Wil- 
liam Dixon Marsh was b. in Ellington, Conn., and by the death of 
his father when only four years of age was left to the care of his 
mother. He received an excellent education under his mother's 
supervision, at the public schools of his native town and at Edward 
Hall's boys' school. When only nineteen years of age he had de- 
cided to go west, and in 1859 located in Chicago. For some five 
years he secured an excellent insight into business in one of the 
largest wholesale houses in the city, and at the end of that en- 
gaged in business on his own account. In 1868-70 he was assist- 
ant assessor of internal revenue, and at the expiration of this office 
at once engaged in the fire insurance business with Fred. D. James 
& Co., and the co-partnership has continued since that time. 
This company is one of the best known in the city in this line of 
business and stands in the front rank of fire insurance agencies in 
the west. 

61S. iv. PETER RAYNOLDS, b. Feb. 28, 1774; m. Hannah Pruden. 

6ig. V. EDWARD, b. July i, 1777; m. Sarah Baldwin and Esther Baldwin. 

329. DR. SAMUEL FIELD (Thomas, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John. Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Longmeadow, Mass., Oct. 10, 1725. He graduated at 
Yale College in 1745. A physician; he settled in Saybrook. Conn., where he d. 
Sept. 25, 17S3. He was a true patriot, and took a very active part during the war 
of the Revolution. 

"In memory of Dr. Samuel Field stands this monument, teaching us to live in 
view of death. He departed this life Sept. 25, 1783. in the fifty-sixth year of his 

"In memory of Mrs. Hannah Field, consort of Dr. Samuel Field, who died Oct. 
9, 1783, in the forty-eighth year of her age. Having survived her consort but 

fourteen days. 

"Lovely and pleasant in their lives, 
In their death they were not divided." 

Res. Saybrook, Conn. 

In May, 1751, Samuel Field, of Saybrook, petitioned the Connecticut Assem- 
bly that he was with another at an expense of ;^83 i6s. for support of one Pegg. an 
Indian woman, when she was sick and in custody of the law, and that he was with- 
out remedy unless the legislature interposes. The county court at New London 
took charge of the matter and settled the same. Samuel Field was deputy to the 
General Court of Connecticut in Maj', 1771, for Saybrook. — Connecticut Public 

Samuel Field was third son and fourth child of Thos. Field, of Hatfield and 
Longmeadow, Mass. His mother, Abigail Dickinson, was a sister of Jonathan 
and Moses Dickinson (Y. C. 1706 and 1707). He settled in Saybrook (now Old Say- 
brook), Conn., as a physician, and became a leading man in that community. In 
1771, 1774, 1775, 1776, 1780, and 1781, he was one of the representatives in the 
General Assembly. He was also justice of the peace, and was in sympathj- with 
the patriot cause in the Revolution. His services were interrupted by his early death in 
Saybrook, Sept. 25. 1783, aged 58. He m. in 1745, his second cousin, Abigail, dau. 
of Deacon Joseph Field. Jr., and Mary (Smith) Field, of Sunderland, Mass. His sec- 
ond wife, Hannah, d. on the 9th of the next month after his death in her forty- 
eighth year. He m. Hannah Lord, b. 1735; d. Oct. 9. 1783, m her forty-eighth year. 


620. i. SAMUEL, b. 1759; m. Margaret Shipman. 

621. ii. HENRY, b. 1761. The following is copied from his tombstone in 

Saybrook, Conn.: "Sacred to the memory of Mr. Henry Field 
this Monument is erected, teaching the Traveler to remember a 
sudden fate. He died ye nth day of May, 1787, in ye 27th year 
of his age." 
62r>^. iii. WILLIAM, bap. May 13, 1764; he d. at sea of West India fever, 
Sept. 15, 1790. 

622. iv. FRANCES, bap. Aug. 3, 1766; d. young. "Without a moment's 

warning Death's Angel comes. Demands Dispatch. There's no 
resistance. Tell not your wife or your children you may love 
them. Tis the Almighty's will." — Copied by Henry Hart, Say- 

623. V. FRANCES, b. June 20, 1776; m. Dorrance Kirtland. He was son 

of Ambrose and Eliza (Gibson), b. July 28, 1770; d. May 23, 1840; 
she d. Feb. i, 1818, at Coxsackie, N. Y. Ch. : r. Ambrose Kirt- 
land, b. April 9, 1797; d. June 21, 1846; buried at Coxsackie, N. Y. ; 
m. Charlotte McCarty, Sept. 16, 1818; she was dau. of Gen. Rich- 
ard McCarty and Eliz. Van Berger. Ch. ; (a) Frances Kirtland, 
b. July 3, 1819; d, Oct. 4, 1858; m. Maj. Gen. Nath'l Michler, 
. U. S. A., in June, 1848, he was son of Peter S. Michler and Mary 
Howell. Ch. : i. Francis Michler, colonel, U. S. A.; b. 1849; m. 
Jan. 14, 1900, Marion Lowry. ii. Ambrose K. Michler, b. 1851; 
m. about 1888 to Emily Hunt. iii. Peter Sykes Michler, b. 1853. 
iv. Richard McCarty Michler, b. 1856. (b) Elizabeth Kirtland, b. 
May 15, 1822; d. Nov. 14, 1889; m. Theodore Cozzens, April 16, 
1S46; he was son of Wm. Brown Cozzens and Mary Greene. Ch. : 
i. Wm. Brown Cozzens, b. Sept. 24, 1848; d. Feb. 27, 1884, unm. 
ii. Charlotte (Sharlie) Kirtland Cozzens, b. April 22, 1853; d. Nov. 
15, 1881, unm. (c) Charlotte Ellen Kirtland, b. Feb. 7, 1832 (?); d. 
Oct. 6, 1897; m. Feb. 13, 1849, Nath'l Ripley Cobb; he was son of 
Nath'l Ripley Cobb and Sarah Kendall. Nath'l Ripley Cobb gradu- 
ated at the University of New York, at New York City, in 1844, 
and was educated for a physician. He never practiced ; was a 
member of the Board of Brokers until he came West, and has 
since been interested in real estate. Ch. : i. Charlotte Kirt- 
land Cobb (Lottie), m. Capt. D. A. Lyle, U. S. A. ; she d. March 
I, 1884; one living child, Anna Lyle. ii. Nath'l Ripley Cobb, Jr., 
d. in infancy, iii. Frances Michler Cobb ; unm. ; res. Sioux Citj', 
Iowa. iv. Eleanor Hermance Cobb, m. Hon. E. H. Hubbard. 
Hon. E. H. Hubbard graduated at Yale College, 1872(1 think). He 
is now State senator from the Thirty-second district, at Des Moines, 
Iowa, from Woodbury county. His ch. are: i. Elbert Hamilton 
Hubbard, Jr., b. in Sioux City. 2. Charlotte Hubbard, b. in 
Sioux City. 3. Lyle Hubbard, b. in Sioux City. 4. Eleanor Her- 
mance Hubbard, b. in Sioux City. v. Elizabeth Cozzens Cobb, d. 
aged 15 years and 3 weeks, vi. Sarah Kendall Cobb, m. Dr. Wil- 
lard B. Pineo, M.D. (d) Richard McCarty Kirtland, b. 1838; m. 
twice, ist, Mattie Firth, of LaGrange, Tenn. Ch. : i. Julian, 
ii. One girl. iii. Others unknown. 2. William D. Kirtland, b. 
Feb. g, 1803; d. 1851; m. Elinor Eliza McCarty, Oct. i, 1833. sister 


of Charlotte. Ch. : (a) Eliz. (b) Dorrance. (c) William. 3. 
Harriet Kirtland, b. June 2, 1804; d. 1873; m. Henry Mander- 
ville, Aug. 9, 1827. Ch. ■ (a) Dorrance Kirtland Manderville, 
M.D., d. recently in Brooklyn, N. Y. 

331. CAPTAIN SETH FIELD (Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, John. John, 
Richard, William, William), b. Deerfield, Mass., Sept. 28, 1712; m. in 1741, Susanna 
Doolittle, dau. of Rev. Benjamin and Lydia (Todd), b. Wallingford, Conn., June 13, 
1726; d. Nov. 15, 1787. He was graduated at Yale College in 1732. He was for many 
years the leading spirit in religious, civil and military affairs in his town. In 1738 Seth 
Field purchased lot No. 5 of the home lots in the third settlement of Deacon Mattoon. 
He was a soldier in the French and Indian wars, and for some time was stationed 
at Fort Dumnier. When the proprietors of the second division organized in 1756, 
Seth Field was elected clerk. In 1728 he was employed as teacher and was prob- 
ably the first person so employed in that town. In 1753 he was lieutenant in the 
Northfield company, and in 1756 was elected captain. He was town clerk and treas- 
urer for forty years, and schoolmaster for nearly as many. The town voted in 

to pay him ten shillings a week for teaching school and board himself. He was a 
commissioner and justice of the peace for many years. He served under Capt. 
Joseph Kellogg against the Indians in 1733. He was a lieutenant in Capt. Elijah 
Williams' company, Col. Israel Williams' regiment, to Crown Point, from June 12 
to Nov. 21, 1757, and captain in Col. Israel Williams' regiment at Ticonderoga and 
Crown Point in 1759, and on the frontier to the close of the Indian war in 1760. He 
was a lieutenant in Capt. Israel Williams' company. Col. Ephraim Williams' regi- 
ment, in the memorable fight with the French and Indians near Lake George, Sept. 
8. 1755, where Col. Williams was killed. The Indians were noted for their skill in 
capturing animals in traps and wonderfully expert with their divers ways and rude 
yank-ups. The latter was nothing more than a stout oak or hickory staddle, bent 
over and fastened to a notch cut in another tree. The animal when caught in the 
snare at the end, by struggling would loosen the catch, and the staddle would 
spring upright, with the game dangling in the air. Capt. Field's old mare once 
strayed into the woods and got into a trap of this kind set for deer. The squire 
was astonished when an Indian came running breathless to tell him that "his 
squaw-horse was caught in a yank-up." 

July 25, Seth Field writes- "Since the disastrous tidings from Ohio and the 
delay of the Crown Point forces, the mischief done above us together with our cir- 
cumstances, has so discouraged the hearts of our people that they are almost ready 
to give up all and care only for their lives. A fine harvest is on the ground, and 
likely to be lost for want of a guard. The few soldiers we have are constantly on 
duty, and not half sufficient to guard the laborers. " Asks that one of the companies 
of Rangers that are between the Connnecticut. and the Merrimack rivers may be 
sent to scout for a few weeks to the northward of Northfield ; says Capt Rice of 
Rutland is ready to come. 

What was going on nearer home will appear from the following letters. 

"Northfield, June 7, 1756. 

"This evening a post from Winchester informs that the Indians have taken 
Josiah Foster, his wife and two children from the Bow in Winchester, about 10 
o'clock in the morning as 'tis conjectured; though not discovered till the sun 
about two hours high this evening. The house is rifled and a hog killed at the door. 
The man and a child tracked from the house with the Indians. The numbers can- 
not be ascertained, but supposed to be about 6 or 6 in all. 

"Seth Field." 


Aug. 20, Zebediah Stebbins and Reuben Wright went up from Northfield to 
work on Iheir lots near Stebbins' Island, Just as they started to return, they were 
assaulted by a small party of Indians in ambush. The leading facts of the en- 
counter are given in a letter written the next day. 

"Northfield, Aug. 21, 1756. 
"To Major Williams, Deerfield. 

"Sir: As two of our Northfield men, viz Zebediah Stebbins and Reuben 
Wright, were returning from their labor last night about sun half an hour high, a 
little below Joseph Stebbms' Island, an Indian laying in the path 6 or 7 rods before 
them fired, shot Wright through the right arm between the shoulder an elbow. 
They turned and rode 3 or 4 score rods and halted, when the enemy immediately 
came up and fired a second gun at them. The men then perceived that there were 
not more than 3 or 4 Indians ; but still rode back a few rods and stopped to have the 
Indians come up (though they had but one gun). In a minute an Indian came in 
sight in the path, when Stebbins fired, and the Indian fell and cried out. Stebbins 
and Wright made off: as fast as they could. The Indians were after Joseph Stebbins 
as 'tis supposed, who was at work at his house, and who saw 3 of the enemy follow 
our men. Some of our farmers had in too much haste got out to their homes, but 
we see that we are still in danger, and I hope we shall take warning and stand bet- 
ter on our guard. "Ye humble servt, 

"Seth Field." 

The Fall of Oswego — While Gen. Winslow was delayed in his intended move- 
ment on Crown Point, the French under Montcalm invested the English fort at 
Oswego, on the south side of Lake Ontario; and after a short siege, took it, Aug. 
14. Our loss was 1,700 men; Shirley's and Pepperell's regiments, 7 armed vessels, 
carrying from 8 to 18 guns each, 200 bateaux, 107 cannons, 14 mortars, 730 muskets, 
besides stores. Many of the prisoners were massacred by the Indians, and the 
rest were sent to France. Anxiety about the plans of the victorious Montcalm led 
the Massachusetts authorities to issue orders about October i, impref^sing men from 
the militia to go to the support of the army under Maj. Gen. Winslow. The follow- 
ing were impressed out of the Northfield foot company: Corporal Thomas Alex- 
ander, Moses Evens, Ebenezer Field, Samuel Field, Eliphaz Wright, Amzi Doolittle, 
Samuel Stratton, Philip Mattoon, Alexander Norton, Asahel Stebbins, Jona Hunt, 
Samuel Orris, Daniel Brooks, Amasa Wright, Benj. Miller, Reuben Wright, Thomas 
Elgar. As soon as the draft was completed, Capt. Seth Field wrote the following 
letter to Col. Israel Williams: 

"Northfield, Oct. 5, 1756. 

"Sir: The men impressed are the strength and support of the town; many of 
them with great families, and under the most difficult circumstances to leave, espe- 
cially in the frontiers ; but I am obliged to take such or none. Our people are in the 
utmost distrest at the thought of having this town stripped of the first men in it, 
and there is a general backwardness amongst the men to go and leave their families 
in such situation and under their difficult circumstances ; for as soon as they leave 
the town we shall be able to make but a faint resistance against the enemy and 
must lie at his mercy. We have indeed forts, and but a few feeble men to guard 
and defend them. Pity and compassion cries loud for an exemption from the double 
burden lying on the frontiers, and especially poor Northfield who has been wasting 
away by the hand of the enemy these ten years past. 

"Sir, begging your favor for the distressed town, I am ye humble servt, 

"Seth Field." 

He d. May 3, 1792; res. Northfield, Mass. 

624. i. GEORGE, b. Dec. 22, 1742; m. Martha Smith. 


625. ii. RUFUS. b. Nov. 24, 1744; m. Elizabeth Field. 

626. iii. KATHERINE, b. Aug. i, 1747; m. Sept. 23, 1767, Elijah Mattoon. 

He was son of Nathaniel; was b. 1740; d. Nov. 12, 1823; shed. 
Aug. 8. 1S35; res. Northfield. Ch. : i. Sarah, b. Sept. 29, 1768: 
m. Samuel Hedge. 2. Lucy, b. Nov. 10, 1770; d. Oct. 18, 1793. 
3. Susanna, b. May 6, 1773; d. unm. May 29, 1859. 4. Katy, b. 
Dec. 18, 1776; m. Samuel Hedge. 5. Elijah, b. Aug. 29, 1782; m. 
Hannah Mattoon. 

627. iv. SIBYL, b. Oct. 15, 1749; m. Aug. 5. 1768, Oliver Doolittle. He 

was son of Lucius; was b. 1746; d. April 29, 1827; she d. Sept. 14, 
1836; res. Northfield. Ch. : i. Infant. 2. Otis, b. Sept. 20, 1770 
(captain); m. Sophia Shattuck. 3. Oliver, b. May 8, 1773; m. 
Arethusey Whitney, of Warwick. 4. Sibyl, b. Jan. 23. 1776; d. 
April 9, 1777, 5. Sibyl, b. Dec. 9, 1777; m. Aug. 8, 1794, Deacon 
Samuel Foote, b. 1770; d. Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 25, 1848. 

Samuel Foote's children were: (a) Elial Todd, b. May i, 1796, 
in Gill, Mass. Elial Todd Foote was presiding judge at James- 
town, N. Y., for twenty years. He m. at Jamestown, N. Y., 
Dec. 31, 1817, Anna Cheney, b. 1800; d. July 7, 1840. He d. in 
New Haven, Conn. Ch. : i. Samuel Foote, of St. Louis, not 
living, ii. James H. Foote, Norfolk, Conn. iii. Mary Ann Crosby. 
Jamestown, N. Y. iv. Horace A. Foote; res. Boulevard and 
Ninety- ninth street. New York city. v. Charles Cheney, b. Sept 
5, 1825; m. Amelia L. Jenkms, b. July 19, 1827. He was a physi- 
cian, and d. New Haven, Conn., in October, 1872. Ch. : I. Anna 
Eliza Foote, not living, no children. 2. Amelia Leavitt Foote, 
b. March 26, 1855; m. April 30, 1878, Edward B. Hill, b. June 2, 
1853. He is a lawyer. Ch.: Amelia L. Hill, b. Jan. 4, 1884. Res. 
331 West 84th street, New York city. 3. Mary Louise Foote, not 
living, no children. 4. Sarah Wells Foote, 26 Elm street. New 
Haven, Conn. 5. Charles Jenkins Foote, 26 Elm street. New 
Haven, Conn. 6. Horace Kenevals Foote, not living, no children, 
(b) Samuel, b. Aug. 22, 1798, Sherburne, N. Y. (c) Erastus, b. 
July I, 1800, Sherburne, N. Y. (d) Mary Dorothea, b. April 17, 
1802, Sherburne, N. Y. (e) Lydia, b. Feb. 4, 1804, Sherburne. 
N. Y. (f) Philena, b. Feb. 10, 1806, Sherburne, N. Y. (g) Chloe, 
b. April 10, 1808, Sherburne, N. Y. (h) Sedate, b. April 14, 1810, 

Sherburne, N. Y. ; m. Cowing. Judge Rufus B. Cowing, 

138 East Seventy-eighth street. New York city, is son of Sedate 
Foote Cowing. James Foote, Harlem, New York city. Horace 
Foote, New York city, (i) Charles Doolittle, b, Dec. 25. 1812; 
m. Mary Walton Arnold, b. Nov. 26, 1817; d. Nov. 29, 1883. He 
d. Covington, Ky., April 28. 1888; was a lawyer. Ch. : i. Kel- 
niah, b. Aug. 7, 1850; m. Judge T. Jeff Phelps, June 25. 1878. 
Covington, Ky. ii. Mollie Stella, b. April 7, 1852; m. Carson B. 
Forse. Oct. 24. 1870; postofiBce address, Newport, Ky. iii. Sybil 
Doolittle, b. March 19, 1855; m. Jan. 1878; Edward D. Casey, 
postofiBce address, Cincinnati, Ohio. iv. Fannie Foote, b. April 
29, 1858; m. March 30, 1883; Lewis Oliver Maddux; res. 24 East 
32d street, Newport, Ky. He is a retired merchant. Ch. : i. 
Rufus Foote Maddux, b. Oct. 20, 1884, Cincmnati, O. 2. Char- 
lotte Posey Maddux, b. Dec. 16, 1885. Newport. Ky. ; d. Jan. 22, 


1S87. 3. Louise Arnold Maddux, b. Aug. 21, 1887, in Newport, Ky ; 
Hon. Charles Doolittle Foote, late of Covington, Ky., died there 
April 28, 1888, aged 75 years. He was a brother of Elial T. Foote, 
and was well known in the vicinity of Jamestown, where he re- 
sided for some 25 years prior to 1849, when he removed to Coving- 
ton. He soon after studied law, and was for five years law 
partner of Hon. John G. Carlisle, Speaker of the United States 
House of Representatives. He served for two terms as Repre- 
sentative and four years as senator in the Kentucky Legislature. 
He was born in 1812, and was the last survivor of eleven children, 
nine of whom reached maturity, viz., Elial T., Samuel, Erastus, 
Charles D., Obed H., Mary D. (Hall), Chloe (Seymour), Sedate 
(Cowing), and Philena. All except Erastus were at one time well 
known and prominent residents of Jamestown, near which their 
parents, Samuel and Sybil T. Foote, settled m 1828. The father, 
Samuel Foote, was for many years a deacon of the First Presby- 
terian church until his death in 1848. — Jamestown (N. J.) Journal. 
(j) Obed Hj^att, b. May 18, 1817, Plymouth, N. Y. (k) Oliver 
Doolittle, b. July 28, 1821, Plymouth, N. Y. 6. Sara, bap. Jan. 2, 
1780; d. soon. 7. Seth, b. Feb. 19. 1781; m. Eunice Wright. 8. 
Sara, b. July 15, 1784; m. Col. Obed Slate. 9. Charles, b Feb. 
22, 1786; d. Dec. 8, 1805. 

628. V. SUSANNA, b. July 10, 1751; m. March 18, 1771, Asahel Stebbins. 
He was son of Asahel; was b. 1750; he was in the Revolutionary 
war in the campaign of 1777; d. July 26, 1822. She d. April 9, 
1835; res. Northfield, Ch. . i. Eliphas, b. Sept. 26, 1771. 2. 
Olive, b. Jan. 20. 1774; m. Nathaniel Collins. 3. Thomas, b. 
Nov. g, 1776; m. Polly Willard. 4. Susanna F.. b. Jan. 13, 1779;^ 
m. Thomas Durkee. 5. Lydia, b. Oct. 8, 1781; m. Zebulon Burr. 
6. Cyrus, b. Nov. 27, 1783; m. Mercy Morgan and Mrs. Orrell 
(Dean) Jones. 7. Asahel, b. July 27, 1786; m. Mary Scott, Lucy 
Rockwood and Mrs. Chamberlain. 8. Mary, b. July 27, 1786; d, 
Sept. 6, 1788. 9. Francis, b. March 20, 1792; d. March 6, i860. 

629. vi. FRANCIS, b. June 23, 1753; d. Feb. i, 1770. 

630. vii. OLIVE, b. Aug. ig, 1755; m. in 1779, Cotton Dickinson, of Hart- 
ford; d. Sept. 10, 1844. 

631. viii. RHODA, b. Oct. 21, 1757; m. in 1780, Sylvanus Watriss. He was 
son ot Sylvanus, was from New Windsor, and was a Revolution- 
ary soldier in 1779. Res. Northfield. Ch. : i. Asa, b. June 10, 
1781. 2. Henry, b. Oct. i, 1782. 3. Patty, bap. Feb. 4, 1787. 

HENRY, b. Sept. 2, 1759; m. Rhoda Stratton. 

SETH, b. Nov. 6. 1761 ; m. Martha . 

FANNY, b. Nov. 6, 1763; m, Feb. 15, 1786, Asa Gates, of Brimfield 

and Worcester; he was b. Jan. 29, 1757. 
CHARLES, F., b. Aug. 20, 1765; d. Feb. 21, 1792. 
THEODORE, b. May 7, 1769; m. Catherine Parker. 

333. GAIUS FIELD (Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard,^ 
William, William), b. Deerfield, Mass., April 2, 1716; m. Sarah Holton, dau. of 
Eleazor and Sarah (Alexander), b. April 15, 171 7. He was born on the old Field 
farm in Northfield, but removed to Winchester, N. H. , where he died ; was a soldier 
in the French and Indian wars. Res. Winchester, N. H. 

























JAMES, b. ; m. Mary Woodcock. 

ZECHARIAH, b. April 2, 1741; prob. rem. lo Keene, N. H. 

JOSHUA, b. June 5. 1746; ni. Thankful Robbins. 

GAIUS, b. March 21, 1763; a revolutionary soldier. 

WAITSTILL. b. Sept. 4, 1749: m. Anna . 

SARAH, b. April 6, 1743; m. Sept. 12, 176?, Enoch Stowell. 

RICHARD, b. 1755. 
643K-viii. ELISHA, b. Sept. 6. 1752. 
643^. ix. DINAH, b. Sept. 21, 1757- 

334. DOCTOR EBENEZER FIELD (Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, John 
John, Richard, William, William), b. Deerfield, Mass., June 11, 1717; ra. in 1743, 
Abigail Hoi ton, dau. of William and Abigail (Edwards). She m., 2d, Oct. 8, 1767, 
Deacon Samuel Smith. She was b. Aug. 14, 1720; d. June 9, iSoi. He was a physi- 
cian ; was a soldier in the French and Indian wars, 174S-56. He was noted in his pro- 
fession and was named in the town records as Dr. Field. He had great faith in the 
oil and gall of the rattlesnake, and was wont to go late in the autumn before they 
denned tor the winter, and in early spring before they scattered for the summer to 
hunt them on Brush mountain. The oil was applied outwardly, and was considered 
a sovereign remedy for rheumatism. The gall was a specific for fevers. It was 
mixed with chalk and made into pills. These pills were an article of regular traffic, 
and were kept by dealers in drugs, and were often prescribed by physicians. The 
pole and hook with which he captured the snakes is now in the possession of the 
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, of Deerfield. He d. April 9, 1757. Res. 
Northfield, Mass. 

WILLIAM, b. Nov. 25, 1744; m. Sarah Petty. 

DINAH, b. Jan. 26, 1746; m. Dec. 19, 1775, Dr. Charles Bowen, of 
Charlestown, N. H. Ch. b. in Northfield: i. Lucy, b. 1784; m. 
William Pomeroy; d. June 13, 1813. 2. Charles, b. 1787. 

JESSE, b. Nov. 23, 1749; m. Anna Dewey. 

LUCY, b. Dec. 23, 1751; m. Hezekiah Gaylord, of Montpelier, Vt. ; 
d. in Stanstead, L. C. 

LEVI, b. April 25, 1755; m. . 

ASA, b. Nov. 9, 1757; m. Anna Diggins. 

SAMUEL FIELD (Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. Deerfield, Mass., July 6, 1719; ra. in 1745, Abigail Field, dau. 
of Joseph and Mary (Smith), of Sunderland, b. 1722; d. Nov. 2, 1803. He was a 
soldier in 1756 in the French and Indian wars under General Winslow. He d. June 
17, 1789. Res. Northfield, Mass. 

MARY, b. May 14, 1746; d. Nov. i, 1746. 
SILAS, b. Nov. 16, 1747: m. Azubah Root. 
MERCY, b. Jan. 9, 1750; d. unra. Nov. 12, 1804. 
SUBMIT, b. April 9, 1752; d. June 26, 1762. 
SAMUEL, b. March 3, 1755; m. Elizabeth Mattoon. 
ASENETH, b. Nov. 27, 1757; m. Nov. 19, 177S, Rufus Stratton, 
of Northfield. She d. April, 1829. 
656. vii. ABIGAIL, b. Sept. 7, 1764; d. unm. 

336. DEACON PAUL FIELD (Zechariah, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. Deerfield, Mass., Jan. 23, 1721; m. Christian Hub- 
bard, dau. of Isaac, of Sunderland. She m., 2d, Landlord Ebenezer Field. She 
was b. Dec. 17, 1733; d. Nov. 6, 1795. A deacon and very worthy and useful man 


























in town. He died of smallpox June 20, 1778. He m., 1753, Christian, dau. of Isaac 
and Christian (Gunn) Hubbard, ot Sunderland. She m., 2d, May 24, 1786. Landlord 
Ebenezer Field, ot Northfield, whom she soon left for Unchristian treatment, and 
returned to her children, with whom she resided until her death. He d. of small- 
pox June 20, 1778. Res. Northfield. Mass. 

657. i. SPENCER, b. Sept. 26, 1754; m. Betty Frink. 

658. ii. ROXANA, b. May 12, 1756; m. John Stratton, ot Hinsdale. He 

was son ot Samuel; was b. 1756; drowned in the Connecticut 
river, at Bellows Falls, Vt., June i. 1785. The stone that marks 
his grave in a cemetery in Vernon, Vt., bears the following curi- 
ous elegiac, and genealogical epitaph, doubtless written by the 
Rev. Bunker Gay: 


Here lie interred where silence reigns 

Mr. John Stratton's Sad Remains 

Sam'el and Ruth once happy were 

In Him, Their only Son and Heir. 

In January, e'er the Sun 

Had Eight & Twenty Curcits run 

In Seventeen Hundred Fifty Six 

With Mortals here on Earth to mix, 

He tirst began; but lost his life 

In Seventeen Hundred Eighty-five 

The first of June as in his Tour 

Where Walpole Rapids foam and roar 

He to a rock went down too nigh 

To pierce the Salmon passing by. 

The Rock's Smooth, Glassy, Sloping side 

His feet betrayed, and let him slide 

Plum down into a Watry Tomb, 

No more to see his native Home 

His tender Parents, lovely Spouse. 

Or those bright Beauties of his House. 

Three little helpless female heirs 

Left to bedew his Grave with Tears 

Alas, who can Their Loss repair, 

Or ease the Widow's Soul of Care 

Or furnish adequate Relief 

To cure the Parents pungent Grief. 

Father of Mercies, hear our Call, 

Extend Thy Pity to them all. 

Let Momentary Ills like this, 

Issue in Everlasting Bliss." 

His widow died in a fit in the meeting house in Hinsdale, Aug. 
14, 1786, aged twenty-nine. Ch. : i. Thankful or Gratia, b. 
May 9, 1776; m. John Wright. 2. Electa, b. April 10, 1779; ^' 
Dr. Cyrus Washburn. 3. Roxana P., b. March 11, 1782; d. March 
17, 1803. 

659. iii. WALTER, b. Nov. 24, 1758; m. Plana Pettee. 

660. iv. CHRISTIAN, b. May 20, 1761; m. Jan. 4, 1784, Hollis Taylor, of 

Hinsdale. He was son of Thomas; was b. 1757; removed to 
Hinsdale, and d. Sept. 3, 1845. She d. June i, 1833. Ch. : i. 
Harriet, b. July 26, 1784; m. Randolph Wright. 2. John, b. Jan. 
I, 1786; d. March 9, 1846. 3. Alpheus, b. Aug. 27, 1787; m. Lydia 
Bridges. 4. William, b. July 25, 1789; m. Delia Hooker. 5. 
Thankful, b. April 20, 1791; m. Jason Evans. 6. Lewis, b. April 
12, 1793; ra. Lois Webster. 7. Seveno, b. Dec. 30, 1794; m. Mary 












E. Creed. 3. Emily, b, May 16, 1797; m. Pardon H, Newell. 9. 
Calvin, b. June 30, iSoo; scalded and d. Feb. 19, 1803. 10. Ade- 
line G., b. Aug. 26, 1801; d. May 27, 1S03. 11. Edwin H., b. 
Aug. 27, 1802; d. May 16, 1833. 12. Calvin, b. 1804; d. an intant. 
13. Calvin, b. Sept. q, 1805; m. Mary A. Bascom 
661. v. EDITHA, b. Dec. 15, 1763; m. Dec. 21, 1784, Benjamin Doolittle, 
of Winchester, N. H. He was b. Jan. 12, 1764. 

SARAH b. June 7, 1766; d. May 26, 1790. 

ZECHARIAH, b. Sept. 27, 1768; m. Abigail Mattoon. 

THANKFUL, b. July 25. 1771 ; d. Feb. 9, 1775. 

HUBBARD, b. Sept. 20, 1775; m. . 

THANKFUL, b. Sept. 25, 1777; d. Sept. 26, 1777. 

341. EBENEZER FIELD (Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Deerfield, June 15, 1715; m. March 27, 1746, Sarah Mat- 
toon, dau. ot Eleazer, b. 1722; d. Oct. 29, 17S5; m., 2d, May 24, 17S6, Mrs. Christian 
(Hubbard) Field, wid. of Paul, b. 1733; d. Nov. 6, 1795; m., 3d, Oct. 9, 1798, Mrs. 
Abigail Chapin, of Orange, b. 1728; d. June 7. 1801. He was an innkeeper and 
tailor. He settled in Northfield, where he Kept a tavern, and the tailoring business, 
where he d. He m. Sarah, dau. of Eleazer and Elizabeth (Boltwood) Mattoon, of 
Northfield, b. Feb. 2r, 1723; d. Oct. 29, 1785; m,. 2d, May 24, 1786, Christian, dau. 
of Isaac and Christian (Gunn) Hubbard, of Sunderland, and wid. of Deacon Paul 
Field. She soon left him for Unchristian treatment, and returned to her children, 
with whom she resided unlil her death, Nov. 6, 1795; m., 3d, wid. of Abigail 
Chapin, of Orange, Mass. She d. April 7, 1801, aged seventy-three. He d. Aug. 12, 
1 801. Res. Northfield, Mass. 

LYDIA, b. Sept 12, 1742. 

EBENEZER, b. Oct. 11, 1744; m. Eunice Wright. 

SARAH, b. Nov. 4, 1747; m. April 29, 1784, David Allen, of East 

Windsor, Conn. 
ABNER, b. May 27, 1750; m. Mary Mattoon. 

LUCY, b. Sept. 20, 1752; m. at Northfield, Oliver Watriss. He was 
a blacksmith from Connecticut; was in Northfield in 1769; was 
a Revolutionary soldier, and was at the surrender of Burgoyne ; 
d. July 22, 1825. Ch. by Lucy (no ch. by his first wife, Rhoda 
Wright): i. Lucy, b. June i, 1775; d. Nov. 28, 1791. 2. Rhoda, 
bap. Aug. 13, 1776; d. young. 3. Rhoda, bap. July 28, 1777; m. 
Simeon Boyden. 4. Richard, b. Nov. 12, 1779; d. Dec. 13, 1779. 
5. Richard, b. May 10, 1782; m. Fanny Smith. 6. Harris, b. 
Dec. 21, 1783; m. Hannah Whiting. 7. Oliver, b. March 10, 1790. 

672. vi. KEZIAH, b. Feb. 3, 1755; d. Feb. 3, 1755. 

673. vii. KEZIAH, b. Oct. 24, 1756; m., ist, July 13, 1806, Stiles, of Gill, 

m., 2d, July 3, 1806. James King, of Guilford, Vt. ; she d. in 
Boston. He died in Northfield. 

343. ENSIGN MOSES FIELD (Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. Deerfield, Mass., Feb. 19, 1719; m., ist, Aug. 20, 1740, 
Ann Dickinson, b. Aug. 6, 1721; d. Oct. 16, 1755; m., 2d, Aug. 12, 1756, Martha 
Root, of Sunderland. She m., 2d, Dec. 24, 1793, Enoch Bardwell, of Montague. 
She was b. Feb. 20, 1724; d. March 3, 18 13. 

He settled in Northfield, where he d. Nov. 27, 1787. He was a famous hunter and 
trapper of wolves. Once when the bounty was $20 he caught two at a time. On 
this occasion Seth Field, Esq., told him that Providence had fairly smiled upon him 






























that day. On the day of the battle of Bennington, Aug. i6, 1777, he was at work 
in the meadow with his youngest sons, and hearing the sound of the guns distinctly, 
said he could not work, for a battle was going on and "I have three boys in it, I 
must go home." The next day the news of the defeat and death of General Baum 
arrived, and the information that his sons had gone through the battle and escaped 
uninjured. He d. Nov. 22, 1787. Res. Northfield, Mass. 
ANN, b. Jan. 6, 1741; d. same day. 

MOSES DICKINSON, b. Feb. 10, 1742; m. Patience Smith. 
ANN, b. Nov. 12, 1744; m. Deacon Eli Root, ot Philadelphia, Pa. 
SOLOMON, b. June 28, 1746; m. Mary Wright. 
ELIZABETH, b. March 30, 1748; m., 1764, Rufus Field, of North- 
NOAH, b. Nov. 2g, 1750; m. Mary Brown. 

REBECCA, b. Aug. 13, 1752; m. Benton, of Surrey, N. H. 

MEDAD. b. Oct. 5, 1755; d. Oct. 17, 1756. 

MARTHA, b. June 11, 1757; m., 1781, Squire Howe. He was taken 
captive at Fort Bridgman in 1755. He was son of Caleb; b. 
1751. When he was captured by the Indians he was terribly 
abused, for in 1790, the scars on his head bore testimony to the 
brutality he had received then. Res. Northfield, Mass., and 
Fabius, N. Y. He d. Nov. 20, 1807. She d., Prattsburg, N. Y., 
1839. Ch. : I. Rodolphus, b. 1782; m. Clarissa Hill. 2. Squire, 
b. 1785; m. Mary Townsley. 3. Martha, b. May 20, 1787; ra. 
Horace Fowler. 4. William, b. 1790; m. Polly Griffith. 5. 
Anna, b. 1792; m. Levi Fowler. 6. Susan, b. April 19, 1794; m. 
Horace Fowler. 7. Clarissa, b. April 17, 1797; m. Robert 
Weld. 8. Caroline, b. July 17, 179S; m. Harvey Downs. It 
was, I think, Fort Sartwell, and not Fort Bridgman, where Caleb 
and Jemima Howe were captured. Sawtelle is the modern 
spelling and pronunciation. There is a piece of the wood of the 
fort in the Deerfield "Hall," and it was built by Jemima Howe's 
father. Others have told me that the "Bridgman" was a mistake. 

683. X. MEDAD, b. April 25, 1759; m. Phebe Gould. 

684. xi. PHINEHAS, b. Nov. 29, 1760; m. Diadama Morgan and Eunice 


685. xii. JOHN MONTAGUE, b. July 2, 1764; m. Martha Harris and Olive 


344. AARON FIELD (Ebenezer, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. Northfield, Mass., March 17, 1721; m. May 26, 1743, Eunice 
Frary, dau. of Nathaniel, b. Nov. 30, 1721; d. Oct. 28, 1813. He was a soldier in the 
French and Indian wars. Settled in Bernardston about 1753. His father, 
Nathaniel Frary, was son of Sampson and Mary (Daniel), and grandson of John 
Frary, who came from England with his wife. Prudence, and settled in Dedham, 
Mass., where he was one of the founders of the church. Sampson was born in 
Dedham, and moved to Hatfield, settling in that part called Deerfield. He escaped 
the massacres of King Phillip's war, but his home was burned. He was selectman 
in 1704, and was killed by the French and Indians, under Hertel de Rouville. The 
old house he erected in 1698 is still standing, being undoubtedly the oldest house in 
Deerfield Valley. 

Aaron settled in Bernardston about 1753, on "Huckle Hill," which has ever 
been the home of the Fields since the house he built was just north of the present 


John B. Field place, and has been burned. The Deacon Sheldon Fort was located 
very nearly opposite. He ra. Eunice, dau. of Nathaniel Frary, ot Deerfield. He 
was soldier in French and Indian wars; his name appearing on John Burke's roll, 
ending Nov. 30, 1758. On committee of correspondence, 1775; constable in 1762; 
warden in 1763; fence viewer in 1763-74; selectman in 1765-70-76-80-84. Was also 
surveyor of highways in 1767-75-78; tithingman in 1768, and town treasurer six 

On May 18, 1676. occurred what has been known as the "Falls Fight." Cap- 
tain Turner, with a comparatively small body ot men, fell upon and destroyed 
hundreds of Indians at the Falls, in the Connecticut river, since known as Turner's 
Falls, in honor of the commander of the dav. The retreat from this massacre was 
accomplished with great difficulty, and with a sad loss of lite, Captain Turner him- 
self being among the victims. It was not until sixty years after this event, namely, 
on Jan. 21, 1736, that the general court acknowledged the important and perilous 
service rendered on this occasion, by an appropriate grant of land. It then 
g^ranted to the survivors of the fight, and the descendants of the others, a township, 
which was called in honor of the fight on which the grant was based: "Falltown," 
and which has since been incorporated with the name of Bernardston. 

He d. March 17, 1800. Res. Deerfield and Bernardston, Mass. 

686. i. EUNICE, b. Dec. 29, 1743; m. about 1760, Joseph Wells, b, 1731. 

He settled in Greenfield; d. Dec. 22, 1804. Shed. Dec. 10, 1785. 
Ch. : I. Joseph, b. May 11, 1761; Revolutionary soldier; d. Oct. 
31, 1831. 2. Eunice, b. March 27, 1763; d. Dec. 8, 1783. 3. 
Anna, b. June 6, 1765; m. Eleazer Wells. 4. Aaron Field, b. 
June 25, 1767; ra. Abigail Burnham. 5. Roswell, b. Sept. g, 1769; 

m. White. 6. Thankful, b. Sept 14, 1773; ra. Ebenezer 

Corse. 7. Cephas, b. Nov. 30, 1775; d. Sept. 14, 1777. 8. Cephas, 
b. March 24, 1778; ra. Cynthia Corse. 9. William, b. Jan. 24, 
1780; d. June 2, 1802. 10. Eunice, b. Dec. 4, 1785; d. Sept. 3. 

687. ii. CHLOE, b. Dec. 29, 1743; ra. November, 1764, Samuel Shattuck, 

of Greenfield. He was son of Samuel, and was b. 1741; was a 
soldier in the French and Indian wars; was at Bunker Hill; was 
a miller at Greenfield; went to New York and d. Sept. i, 1827, 
aged eighty-seven. She d. April 10, 1781, aged thirty-eight. 
Ch. : I. Samuel, b. Aug. 15, 1765; m. Prudence Healey, of Ver- 
mont. 2. Chloe, b. Nov. 22, 1766; m, Ephraira Leach; res, 
Enosburg. 3. Consider, b. Feb. 7, 1768; m. Anne Atherton. 

4. Seth, b. Jan. 24, 1770; m. Sylvia Chapin and Anna Smith. 

5. Lydia, b. Oct. 8, 1771; d. Dec. 8, 1772. 6. Lydia, b. Feb. 15, 
1774; m. Arad Root, of Montague. 7. Jesse, b. May 16, 1775; d. 
Aug. 27, 1777. 8. Jesse, b. Sept. 21, 1777; m. Mary E. Sargent, 
of Dumraerston. 9. Robert, b. Dec. 17, 1730; name changed 
to Chester; m. Miriam W. Stocker. 

688. iii. IRENE, b. Sept. 11, 1745; m. in 1769, Lieut. Daniel Newcomb. He 

was b. in Leyden. Mass., Nov. 18, 1741. When but three years of 
age his parents were driven from their home by the Indians and 
compelled to leave the county. They went to Lebanon, Conn. 
He d. in 1794. She d. in Winhall, Vt., in rSio. He was lieu- 
tenant in the Revolutionary war; was on the committee of cor- 
respondence; chairman of the committee of safety. Ch. : i. 
Luther, b. April 12, 1770 ; m. Milessent Conant and Lucretia 


Martin. 2. Jerusha, b, Nov. 3, 1771; m. 1788, Capt. Charles 
Hunt. She d. Lebanon, N. Y., 1834. 3, Irene, b. Oct. 28, 1773; 
d. Dec. 17, 1789. 4. Daniel, b. June 14, 1776; m. Electa Day. 
5. Ephphatha, b. Aug. 12, 1778; m. Annis Clark. 6, Lucinda, 
b. Sept. 12, 17S0; ra. Capt. Allen Wood. Res. Lebanon, N. Y. 

7. Aurelia, b. Sept. 18, 1782; m. Dudley Beebe, of Winhall, Vt. 

8. Tirzah, b. Oct. 12. 1784; m. John Burlin; he d. a prisoner of 

the war of 1812; ni., 2d, Paddock. 9. Irene, b. June 24, 1788: 

m. Col. Simeon Stearns. Res. Winhall, Vt. 10. Mehitable, b. 
Nov. 13, 1790; d. December, 1790. 

689. iv. ANNA, b. in 1747; m. August, 1786, Ziba Allen, of Bernardston. 

He d. July 10, 1798, and she m., 2d, Salmon Clapp, ot Montague. 
Clapp was son of Lieut.-Col. Amasa Clapp, of Northampton, 
who removed to Chesterfield. Amasa's line was as tollows: 
Seth, Samuel, Preserved, Roger. 

690. v. JESSE, b. March 15. 1749; m. Sarah Burke. 

691. vi. RACHEL, b. in 1751; m. 1774. Dr. Polycarpus Cushman, of Bern- 

ardston. She d. Sept. i, 1812. 

692. vii. OLIVE, b. ; m. Reuben Sheldon, of Leyden. He was b. 1749. 

Revolutionary soldier ; was in company of Capt. Agrippa Wells 
at siege of Boston; served also under Capt. Thomas Alexander 
and marched to Quebec, arriving there April 27, 1776; was in the 
Burgoyne campaign under Capt. Lawrence Kemp, and removed 

from Deerfield to Leyden. Ch. : i. Horace, b. . 2 Salmon, 

b. ; m. Rebecca Bigelow. 3. Socrates, b. 1784, m. Experi- 
ence Allen. 4. Ora, b. 1786; m. Mehitable Sheldon and Lydia 
Sheldon. 5. Mandana, b. 1789; m. Samuel Wright. 6. Reuben, 
b. 1797; was first postmaster at Leyden; representative 1838-9. 

Res. Rochester, N. Y. 7. Alva, b. . S. Olive, b. ; m. 

Elias Perry. 

d. unm. Jan. 6, 1831. 



AZABA, b. in 176; 



MARIA, b. . 




m. Aug. I, 1790, Shubal Fuller, of Windhall, 
N. J., and removed to Ohio. 
6955^. xi, MEHITABLE, b. about 1748; m. Deacon Jonathan Sheldon. She 
d. Jan. 16, 1797. 

346. JOSIAH FIELD (Josiah, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, Wil- 
liam, William), b, Deerfield, Mass., Feb. 24, 1723; m. Sarah . He settled in 

Somers, Conn. He was a soldier in the expedition to Havana, Oct. 6, 1762. Res. 
Soniers, Conn. 

696. i. EXPERIENCE, b. Nov. 13, 1760. 

351. DANIEL FIELD (Joshua, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, Wil- 
liam, William), son of Joshua and Elizabeth (Cooley), b. in Springfield, Mass., 
1723. He settled in Enfield. Conn., in 1748; removed to Bolton, Conn.; in 1785 to 
Vernon. Conn., where he d. in 1802. He m. May 26, 1753, Sarah Wells, of Bolton. 
Joshua Field's deed, given soon after 1754, to his son, Daniel Field, of Bolton, "con- 
sideration, love and affection," dated Bolton, Sept. 15, 1755. Daniel d. in 1828. 
Res. Bolton, Conn. 

697. i. SARAH WELLS, b. Jan. 15, 1755: m. Daniel Loomis, of North 

Coventry, Conn. 

698. i^. SAMUEL, b. Oct. 25. 1756; m. Huldah Millard. 






















MARY, b. Nov. 8, 1758: m. Nov. 18, 1784, John Ensworth. 

DANIEL, b. May i, 1761; m. Mary . 

THOMAS, b. Nov. 13. 1763; m. Lucy Bissell. 

DAVID, b. April i, 1766; m. Betty Squires. 

NATHANIEL, b. Nov. 23, 1768; m. Clarinda King. 

BETTIE, b. Jan. 31, 1771 ; m., ist. Samuel Baker, of Bolton; m., 2d, 

Benjamin Talcott, his third wife, d. Mcirch 5, 1854. 
MARGARET, b. April i, 1773. 
ROXANNA, b. June i, 1775. 
EUNICE, b. March 27, 1780. 

NATHANIEL FIELD (Joshua, Samuel, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. Springfield, Mass., in 1727-28; m. Feb. 23, 1748, Mary Good- 
rich, in Bolton, Conn. She d. and he m., 2d, Experience. She d. in Phelps in 1834, 
aged ninety-five. Craft Goodrich, deed to Nathaniel Field, of Enfield, Conn., land 
with mansion house, etc. ; consideration ;i^4oo; dated, Bolton, March 23, 1761. He 
d. in Phelps in 1803. aged seventy-five. Res. Enfield and Bolton, Conn. 

707^^. i. JAMES, b. 1750; m. , and removed to Phelps, N. Y. 

7071^. ii. FRANCES, b. Nov. 29, 1757; m. Naomi Wakeley. 

708. iii. GEORGE, b. 1758; m. Eunice . 

708 >^. iv. MARY, b. Feb. 10, 1760. 

354. ENSIGN ELISHA FIELD (Joseph, Joseph, Zechariah, John. John, 
Richard, William. William), b. Sunderland, Mass., July i, 1717. He removed, in 
1 761, to Bennington, Vt., and was one of the first settlers of that town. He was 
liberal in his religious opinions, which it is said was one of his reasons for removing 
from Sunderland. On account of the troubles with the New York claimants to the 
lands in Bennington, he sold, in 1781, and removed to Pittsford, Vt. ; in 1782 to 
Cornwall, Vt., where he died Jan. 18, 1791. At the first town meeting held in Ben- 
nington, March 31, 1762, he was chosen one of the tithing men, and held other town 
offices. On the organization of a company of militia, Oct. 24, 1764, he was chosen 
ensign, and was in command of the company at the battle of Bennington, Aug. 16, 
1777, and was charged with the care of the captured Hessians from the battleground 
to the meeting house, in Bennington, beside other guard duties. Hem. Jan. 11, 
1753, Betty, dau. of John and Bathsheba Pratt, of Hardwick, Mass., b. in Westboro, 
Mass., May 6, 1726; d. Feb. 18, 1809. 

JOSEPH, b. April 10, 1754; d. April 12, 1754. 

PERSIS, b. Sept. 21, 1756; d. April 16, 1758. 

ELISHA, b. Sept. i, 1758; d. Oct. 17, 1758. 

LYDIA, b. May 19, 1760; m., ist, 17S1, Benjamin Steams, of Corn- 
wall, Vt. ; m., 2d, December, 1S15, Ezra Allen; d. Dec. 10, 1847; 
no issue. 

ELISHA, b. March 13, 1763; m. Ruth Kirkham. 

ELIJAH, b. March 13, 1763; d. Jan. 15, 1769. 

ASAHEL, b. March 25, 1765; m. Mariha Field and Betsey Parker. 

JOSEPH FIELD (Joseph, Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. Sunderland, Mass., Dec. 8, 1723. He was a useful man in 
town and was held in esteem by his neighbors. He m. April 26, 1753, Ruth, dau. 
ot Isaac and Mary Parker, b. in Groton, Mass., Jan. 27, 1734; d. Sept. i, 1796. He 
d. Oct. 6, 1798. Res. Sunderland, Mass. 

716. i. ELIJAH, b. Feb. 2, 1754; m. Tryphena Cooley. 

717. ii. LUCY, b. Nov. 6, 1755; m. April 27, 1780, Rennah Wain Cooley, 

of Sunderland. 

































REBECCA, b. Dec. 34 1758; d. Aug. 8, 1773. 
THOMAS, b. March 9, 1762; d. April 5, 1762. 
MARY, b. March 30, 1764; m. Jan. 4, 1786, Heman Farnham, of 

JOSEPH, b. Feb. 24, 1766; d. Sept. 12, 1766. 

MARTHA, b. March 11, 1768; d. unm. Oct. 29, 1848, aged eighty. 
RUTH, b. May 27, 1770; d. insane October. 
JOSEPH, b. May 6, 1772; m. Sabra Emerson. 
SUBMIT, b. June 17, 1774; m. Jan. 18, 1797, Gains E. Lyman, of 

Northampton ; d. in Hartford, April 27, 1846. He was b. Nov. 

24, 1769; son of Ellas and Hannah (Clapp) Lyman. Ch. i. 

Elhanan Winchester. 2. Christopher Columbus. 3. Orra 

Almira. 4. Julia Etta. 5. Emma Submit. 6. Jane Rachel. 7. 

Hannah Submit. 8. Theodore. 
726. xi. THOMAS, b. Aug. 16, 1777. He was quite a business man ; was a 

colonel of militia ; he removed to Oriskany, N. Y. ; d. unm. Aug. 

30, 1847- 

362. DEACON JONATHAN FIELD (Joseph, Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. Sunderland, Mass., July 30, 1737. He settled in 1752 
in Leverett, on Long Plain, so called, where he d. May 21, 1814, aged 77. He was 
a deacon of the Congregational church in Leverett many years. He was a soldier 
in Capt. John Hawks' company from April 15 to Nov. 16, 1758, and was under 
Gen. Abercrombie in his disastrous attack upon Fort Ticonderoga, July 8, 1758, 
where he lost in killed, wounded and missing, eight thousand men. He was very 
active during the Revolution, being one of the Council of Safety to see that the 
resolves of Congress were carried out regarding Tories and all inimical to the colo- 
nial cause. 

Field, Jonathan. Private, Capt. Joseph Slarrow's co., Col. David Wells' regi- 
ment; enlisted Sept. 23, 1777; discharged Oct. 18, 1777; service, i mo. i day, travel 
included, on expedition to the Northwest. Roll dated Leverett. — Mass. State 
Rev. Records. 

He ra. 1764, Elizabeth, dau. of and Cooley, of Sunderland, b. 1745; d. 

May 7, 1838, aged 85. 

PARIS, b. Sept. 16, 1765; m. Cynthia Lee. 
CLARINDA, b. Nov. 20, 1767; d. unm. April 14, 1859. 
ELIHU, b. April 27, 1770; d. Sept. 27, 1780. 
MARIANNA, b. April 22, 1772; d. unm. Sept. iq, 1842. 
SILAS, b. April 22, 1775; m. Mary Elizabeth Woodbury. 
REBECCA, b. April 22, 1778; d. Sept. 19, 1789. 
ELISHA, b. Feb. 19, 1781; m. Persis Hubbard. 
WALTER, b. March, 178S; m. Elizabeth G. Wiley and Mrs. Fanny 
(Stebbins) Woolcott. 
735. ix. ELIHU, b. May 24, 1790; d. unm. July 20, 1862. 

363. ISRAEL FIELD (Joseph, Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, Wil- 
liam, William), b. Sunderland, Mass., March 27, 1741. He settled in Brattleboro, 
Vt. His name is signed to a petition to the town clerk to call a meeting to see if 
the town will join with Guilford to invite the Rev. Abner Reeve, of Hadley, to 
preach two Sabbaths, one in Brattleboro and one in Guilford, on trial. The meet- 
ing was held July 5, 1770, but Guilford did not come into the arrangement, although 
two of its citizens, Jasper Partridge and William Nichols, signed the petition. In 

















1776 he removed to Northfield, Mass., and in 1781 returned to Brattleboro. No 

further information to be found. He m. Martha . 

Brattleboro was settled by Deerfield people, and Israel Field was one of its 
early settlers. It is not generally known that the first settlements in Brattleboro, 
outside the limits of Fort Dummer, were made on property now owned by the Brat- 
tleboro retreat. In 1757 the first settlement was made by Benjamin Moor upon the 
present site of the retreat farm-house. One year later he was killed by the Indians, 
and his wife and children carried captives to Canada. Five years afterward, in 
1762, John Arms, of Deerfield, subsequently Maj. Arms, and Brattleboro's first post- 
master, established a tavern on the same site, which afterward became famous. 
Col. Ethan Allen is said to have made this old inn his headquarters when he came 
here with a detachment of Green Mountain boys to enforce obedience to the author- 
ity of Vermont, while Gen. John Stark was probably a guest of the house just after 
the Bennington battle. Maj. Arms was killed by the kick of a horse in 1770, leav- 
ing a widow and son, who continued in the hotel business for several years there- 
after. While repairs and renovations were going on at the farm-house during the 
past summer, a broken rusty sword, consisting of hilt and 18 incnes of blade, every 
part of which was hand-made, was unearthed, and near by an old-fashioned iron 
door-knocker was found. The second settlement was made in 1762 by Samuel 
Wells, also of Deerfield, who later became both a colonel and judge. He built a 
log-house half a mile west of the present Linden lodge, the cellar of which is still to 
be seen. The house was completely surrounded by a dense growth of stately oaks 
and pines. The first clearing was made north of the house, and was subsequentlv 
known and referred to as the "Log'us" lot, meaning, of course, "log-house lot." 
Ten years later, about 1772, he built the substantial and commodious three-story 
house which now forms the front part of Linden lodge, one room of which, elabor- 
ately paneled and filled with solid sliding window shutters, evidently designed as a 
means of protection against outside invasion, is carefully preserved. Massive tim- 
bers were used in the construction of this building, and, notwithstanding their 
service of 126 years, are apparently as sound as when framed. Hand-made 
wrought iron nails were used exclusively, and may still be seen projecting from the 
cupboards. This is now the oldest house in Brattleboro. Res. Brattleboro, Vt. 

736. i. MARTHA, b. 1768; m. Oct. 31, 1788, Asahel Field, of Cornwall, Vt. ; 

she d. in childbirth Oct. 31, 1759. 

737. ii. LUCINDA, bap. Aug. 11, 1776, in Northfield. 

738. iii. JOSIAH, bap. Dec. 3, 1779; m. Sarah Graves and res. in Brattleboro. 
738JK. iv. ALTHEA, b. Oct. 25, 1764, in Sunderland. 

738K- V. MERCY, b. March 6, 1767. in Sunderland. 
738^' vi. SUBMIT, b. March 6, 1767, in Sunderland. 

368. SETH FIELD (Jonathan, Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, Wil- 
iam, William), b. Sunderland, Mass., March 13, 1741; m. May 26, 1764, Mary Hub- 
bard, of Sunderland, dau. of Israel and Abigail (Smith), b. 1747; d. Aug. 3, 1803; 
m., 2d, Dec. 15. 1805, Mrs. Margery (Knowlton) Lotheridge, of Pelham, Mass., b. 
Ireland, 1754; d. Silver Creek, N. Y., in 1833. He went with his father to Leverett, 
when, becoming of age, he purchased a farm near his father, where he died. Mary 
Hubbard, his first wife, was a lineal descendant of John Hubbard, who, in company 
with Samuel Smith and Zechariah Field, V7ithdrew from the Connecticut churches 
and came up the river and settled in Hadley and Hatfield in 1659. 

Will of Seth, of Leverett, 1813, June 22, probated. Sons: Roswell, Rufus, Mar- 
tin, Spencer, Orlando. Dau.: Polly Adams. — Franklin County Probate. 

He d. March 3, 1813; res. Sunderland and Leverett, Mass. 










MARTIN, b. Jan. 12, 1773; m. Esther Smith Kellogg. 

ROSWELL, b. Dec. 29, 1767; m. Sarah Graves. 

RUFUS, b. 1 771; m. Sarah Field. 

POLLY, b. 1776; m. 1795, Eliphalet Adams; d. in 1811, and 
removed to Adams, Jefferson county, N. Y., where she, her 
husband and infant child d. the same week of spotted fever in 
the winter of 1811, and were buried in one common grave. 

743. V. SPENCER, b. Jan. 20, 1782; m. Hannah Cutler. 

744. vi. ORLANDO, b. May 28, 1787; ra. Dolly Field and Fanny Baker. 

369. WILLIAM FIELD (Jonathan, Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. in Sunderland, Mass., Aug. 27, 1745. He settled in Leverett 
where he was a successful farmer and a valued citizen, holding various town offices. 
He d. Jan. 24, 1824. He m., ist, 1770, Dorothy, dau. of Ephraim and Dorothy 
(Hawley) Kellogg, of Amherst, bap. Feb. 28, 1746; d. Aug. 6, 1773; m., 2d, Feb. 17, 
1780, Editha, dau. of Phinehas and Mary (Billings) Frary, of Hatfield, b. April 27, 
1756; d. in Amherst Oct. 7, 1855, aged 99 years, 5 months, 10 days. 

Field, William, Leverett. Private, Capt. Reuben Dickenson's co. of Minute- 
men, Col. R. Woodbridge's regt. ; which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; 
service, 16 days; also, Capt. Joseph Slarrow's co., Col. David Wells' regt.; enlisted 
Sept 23, 1777; discharged Oct. 13, 1777; service, 26 days, travel included, on an ex- 
pedition to the Northward. — Mass. State Rev. Records. 

LUTHER, b. Sept. 1771; m. Beulah Broad. 

ERASTUS, b. July 22, 1773; m. Salome Ashley. 

DOLLY, b. Jan. 21, 1781; d. June 18, 1790. 

PHINEHAS, b. Jan. 23, 1783; m. Caroline Hubbard, dau. of Wm. ; 
d. Nov. 4, 1808. 

749. V. MARTHA, b. Oct 6, 1785 ; m. May 3, 1803, Abner Ball, of Amherst; 
d. March 2, 1857. 

750. vi. CYNTHIA, b. Oct. 15, 1787; m. 1805, Sylvanus Field, of Leverett; 
d. April 20, 1854. 

HEM AN, b. April 6, 1790; m. Achsah Abbott 

DOROTHY, b, April 22, 1794; m. July 13, 1S13, Orlando Field, of 

Leverett; d. July 22, 1817. 
WILLIAM, b. Sept 4, 1796; m. Roxanna M. Kellogg. 
GILES FRARY, b. May 18, 1799: d. March 10, 1804. 

JONATHAN FIELD (Jonathan, Joseph, Zechariah. John, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. in Sunderland, Mass., Aug. 15, 1750; went with his father to 
Leverett, where he was a successful farmer; d. Nov. 22, 1833. At a town meeting 
held Jan. 26, 1775, Elisha Clary, Jonathan Field, 3d, and Jonathan Field, Jr., were 
chosen a committee of safety to see to it that the resolves of Congress were strictly 
adhered to. He m. Sept. 6, 1773, Sarah, dau. of Ephraim and Dorothy (Hawley) 
Kellogg, of Amherst; bap. Sept. 30, 1753; d. Jan. 14, 1832. Res. Leverett, Mass. 
LUCIUS, b. May 31, 1774; d. Feb. 8, 1775. 
SYLVANUS. b. Feb. 26, 1776; m. Cynthia Field. 
LUCIUS, b. Jan. 6, 1778; m. Virtue Ashley. 
LEVI, b. Feb. 13, 1780; m. Rachel Kingsley. 

SARAH, b. June 23, 1782; m., ist, Rufus Field, of Leverett; m.^ 
2d, Jonathan Conant, of Leverett; d. Apr. 20, 1844. 
760. vi. ALPHEUS, b. June 26, 1786; m. Caroline Adams. 





























373. MOSES FIELD (Jonathan, Joseph, Zechariah, John, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. in Leverett, Mass., Sept. 17, 1754. Hares, on the old home- 
stead, a respected citizen and farmer; d. June 30, 1832. 

Field, Moses. Private, Capt. Joseph Slarrow's co.. Col. David Leonard's regt. ; 
enlisted Feb. 25, 1777; discharged April 10, 1777; service on expedition to Ticonde- 
roga: also, Capt. Joseph Slarrow's co., Col. David Wells' regt.; enlisted Sept. 23, 
1777; discharged Oct. 18, 1777; service, i mo., i day, travel included, on expedition 
to the Northward; roll dated Leverett. — Mass. State Rev. Records. 

Moses, of Leverett, 1832, Dec. 18; rec. wife Mary. Ch. : Jonathan, Lovina 
Sanderson, Electa Ball, Mary Field, single woman ; Seth, Ransom, Moses. — Frank- 
lin Co. Probate. 

He m. 1780, Mary Spellman. of Conn., b. 1753; d. July 23, 1843; res. Leverett, 

761. i. LOVINA, b. Jan. 30, 1781; m. Lucius Sanderson, of Sunderland; 

d. 1844, 

762. ii. ELECTA, b. Jan. 5. 1785; d. Feb. 28, 1788. 

763. iii. JONATHAN, b. Jan. 25, 1786; m. Elizabeth Lotheridge and Ruth 

F. Dustan. 

764. iv. ELECTA, b. Oct — , 1788; m. Dr. Silas Ball, of Montague, Lev- 

erett, Amherst and Chicopee; d. July i, 1826. 

765. V. MOSES, b. Feb. 25, 1791; m. Dolly Russell, Almira Hubbard and 

Rhoda C. Putnam. 

766. vi. SETH, b. Jan. 15, 1793; d. Oct. 15, 1794. 

767. vii, MARY, b. March 30, 1795; m. 1815, Clark Rowe, of Sunderland; d. 

Nov. 7, 1853. 

768. viii. SETH, b. March 20, 1797, Leverett. Mass.; a physician; he settled 

in Barre, Vt. ; removed in to Lodi, Cataraugus county, N. Y., 

where he d. ; he represented the county of Cataraugus in the leg- 
islature in 1843; he m. ; no issue. 

769. ix. RANSOM, b Feb. 28, 1799; m. Eliza Russell and Louise Stevens. 

(Written underneath in pencil, "4 more to be added.") 

378. JOHN FIELD (John, John, John, William, John, Richard, William. Wil- 
liam), b. Bridgewater, Mass., Feb. 27, 1704; m. 1726, Mary Howard, dau. of 
Ephraim, of Bridgewater. She m., 2d, April 29, 1738, Hon. Elisha Pierce, of 
Scituate. Deacon Pierce was b. in Scituate, Nov. 24, 1699, son of Benjamin and 
grandson of Capt. Michael, who was first lieutenant in Capt. Myles Standish's Ply- 
mouth company of militia. His first wife was Sarah Edson, dau. of Capt. Josiah. 
She had one child, Sarah, and d. in 1735. By Mrs. Field he had Elisha, Calvin, 
Mary and Persis (see Pierce Gen. No. 4, by Frederick C. Pierce). Mitchells — Widow 
settled his estate, 1729, and she afterwards m. Elisha Pearce. of Scituate, Mass. 
John Field gave most of his property in Providence to his two grandsons, John 
and James, and that was probably the cause of their moving there. 

7657. John Field, Jr., of Bridgewater. Mary Field, his widow, appointed 
administratrix Jan. 16, 1729. No will. — Plymouth Co. Probate. 

He d. Sept. 28, 1729; res. Bridgewater, Mass. 

770. i. JOHN, b. 1727; m. Lydia Warren. 

771. ii. JAMES, b. 1729; m. Sarah Burke tt. 

380. ZEBULON FIELD (Richard. John, John, William, John, Richard, Wil- 
liam, William), b. Bridgewater, Mass., Aug. 23. 1707; m. Nov. 14, 1733, Anna 
Williams (Joseph, Joseph, Richard, of Taunton), b. Jan. 18, 1710; her mother's 
name was Mary Gilbert, m. April 7, 1707; m., 2d, Norton, Mass., Feb. 22, 1749-50, 


Patience Wetherell, of Norton, dau. of Nathaniel and Mary (White) b. Sept. 
3. 1728. 

From the division of the estate of Anna, the first wife of Zebulon Field, it ap- 
pears that the committee appointed in 1797 to make the division, first "made in- 
quiry to know how much of said estate or what parts of shares had been transferred 
from the original heirs, to-wit: Richard Field, Zebulon Field, Elizabeth Presho, 
Mary Knap, Zibiah Dean and Anna Woodward." They found that Elizabeth 
Presho had sold three-sevenths of her share in the two farms, and all her share in 
the cedar swamps to Zebulon Field, and four-sevenths of her share in said farms to 
Nathaniel Field; that Richard Field had sold to James Leonard, of Taunton, then 
deceased, all his share in the two farms, which was two-sevenths thereof, he being 
the eldest son and entitled to a double share ; that said James Leonard had sold one- 
half of said double share to his son, James, who had sold to Nathaniel Field one-half 
of what he bought from his father; that Mary Knap had sold one-half ot her share 
in the entire estate to Zebulon Field, and the other half to Nathaniel Field. The 
persons who owned the estate at the time of the division and the proportions in 
which they held it were as follows: In the two farms, Zebulon Field, by inherit- 
ance and purchase (seventeen forty-ninths) 17-49; Nathaniel Field, by purchase. 
14^^-49; heirs of James Leonard, deceased, by purchase, 7-49; James Leonard, by 
purchase, 2%-^g; Anna Woodward, by inheritance, 7-49. In the cedar swamps, 
Zebulon Field, by inheritance and purchase, 21-49; Richard Field, by inheiitance, 
double share, 14-49; Nathaniel Field, by purchase, 7-49; Anna Woodward, by 
inheritance, 7-49. The estate was divided in the above proportions, and the division 
recorded in the probate office at Taunton. It is evident that of the eighteen chil- 
dren of Zebulon Field, only six were by his first wife. Wealthy, who has been 
claimed as a daughter of Anna, was born about seven years after Zebulon's second 
marriage, and probably was the fourth child of his second wife. Patience. James 
Leonard, who bought the double share of Richard Field in the two farms, was a 
son of William and Sarah (Bolton) Leonard; b. in 1 716; m. in 1737, Jemima Heiford; 
d. in 1787, leaving a widow, Jemima; James, the son, m. in 1770; Eunice Smith, 
his wife (Eunice) signed the deed which he gave to Nathaniel Field in 1792. Neither 
James could have been the husband of Wealthy Field. 

As will be seen by the will, his wife Patience was appointed executrix, but she 
declined, and Ephraim Wilbor, of Norton, settled the estate as administrator with 
the will annexed. 

Will — In the name of God, Amen. I, Zebulon Field, of Taunton, in the County 
of Bristol, in the Stale of Massachusetts Bay, yeoman, being sick and weak in body, 
but of perfect mind and memory, thanks being given unto God; calling unto mind 
the mortality of my body, and knowing it is appointed once for all men to die, do 
make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first 
of all, I recommend my soul unto Almighty God that gave it, and my body I rec- 
ommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my 
executrix; nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same 
again, by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith 
it has pleased God to give me in this life, I give, devise and dispose in the following 
manner and form : 

First. 1 give and bequeath to Patience, my truly beloved wife, whom I like- 
wise constitute, make and ordain the sole executrix of my last will and testament, 
all and singular, my homed cattle and my sheep and my household goods, and my 
pew in the Baptist Meeting House, by her freely to be enjoyed. 

Also I give to my well beloved son, Richard Field, one shilling, lawful money, 
to be paid to him out of my estate by my executors in one year from my decease. 


Also I give to my son Zebulon Field, the sum of one shilling, lawful money, to 
be paid out of my estate by my executrix, in one year from my decease. 

Also I give to my son Nathaniel Field, the sum of one shilling, lawful money, 
to be paid to him out of my estate by my executrix, in one year from my decease. 

Also I give to my son, James Field, the sura of one shilling, lawful money, to 
be paid out of my estate by my executrix, in one year from my decease. 

Also I give to my son, John Field, the sum of one shilling, lawful money, to be 
paid to him out of my estate, by my executrix, in one year from my decease. 

Also to my son, Jude Field, 1 give the sum of one shilling, lawful money, to be 
paid out of my estate by my executrix at the age of twenty-one. 

Also I give to Solomon Field, my son, the sum of one shilling, lawful money, 
to be paid out of my estate by my executrix at the age of twenty-one. 

Also 1 give to Elizabeth Presho, my daughter, the sum of one shilling, lawful 
money, to be paid out of my estate by my executrix, in one year from my decease. 

Also I give to my daughter, Anna Woodward, the sum of one shilling, lawful 
money, to be paid to her out of my estate by my executrix, in one year from my 

Also I give to my daughter, Zibiah Dean's heirs or legal representatives, the sum 
of one shilling, lawful money, to be paid out of my estate by my executrix in one 
year from my decease. 

Also I give to my daughter, Mary Knapp, the sum of one shilling, lawful 
money, to be paid out of my estate by my executrix in one year from my decease. 

Also I g^ve to my daughter, Hannah Wilbore, the sum of one shilling, lawful 
money, to be paid out of my estate by my executrix, in one year from my decease. 

1 give to my daughter. Wealthy Leonard, the sum of one shilling, lawful 
money, to be paid out of my estate by my executrix in one year from my decease. 

Also I give to my daughter, Rachel Field, the sum of one shilling, lawful 
money, to be paid out of my estate by my executrix when she is twenty-one years 
of age. 

Also I give to my daughter, Sarah Field, the sum of one shilling, lawful 
money, to be paid out of my estate by my executrix at the age of twenty-one. 

Also I give to my daughter, Lydia Field, the sum of one shilling, lawful money, 
to be paid to her out of my estate, at the age of twenty-one, by my executrix. 

Also 1 give to my daughter. Patience Field, the sum of one shilling, lawful 
money to be paid to her at the age of twenty-one out of my estate by my executrix. 

Also I give to my daughter, Ruth Field, the sum of one shilling, lawful money, 
to be paid to her out of my estate at the age of twenty-one years by my executrix. 

Also I give and bequeath unto my aforesaid wife. Patience, after my just debts 
are paid, all the residue of my estate, dues or demands, monies, or whatever of the 
estate I die seized of or in any way belongs to me, to her, freely to the profit and 
enjoyment, and I do hereby utterly disallow and revoke all other and former testa- 
ments, wills, legacies and bequests by me in any way before named, willed and 
bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this my last will and testament. 

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of 
January, in the year of our Lord 1778. Zebulon Field. 

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Zebulon Field, as his last 
will and testament in the presence of us, who, in his presence and in the presence 
of each other have hereunto subscribed our names. 

Daniel Bassett, 
Jacob Smith, 

August 5, 1797, approved. William Burt, 3rd. 

Bristol ss. August ist, 1797. 

















; m. Rachel Clanp. 
Sarah Leonard. 

Then before me. the Honorable Seth Padelford, Esq., Judge of the Probate of 
Wills, came Daniel Bassett, Jacob Smith and William Burt, 3rd, the three witnesses 
to the foregoing instrument, who made oath that they saw Zebulon Field, who has 
since deceased, sign, seal, and heard him declare said instrument to be his last will 
and testament, and that they who subscribed their names together as witnesses to 
this will in each other's presence, declare he was then of sound and disposing mind. 

Seth Padelford. 
He d. in 1797. Res. Taunton, Mass. 

772. ii. ZEBULON, b. the second son ; m. Charity Lincoln and Hannah 

RICHARD, b. ; the elder son 

NATHANIEL, b. Jan. 3. 1751: ra. 

JAMES, b. ; m. Mary Drew. 

JOHN, b. about 1740; m. Hannah . 

JUDE, b. ; m. Abigail Carpenter. 

SOLOMON, b. 1767; m. Lucy . 

ELIZABETH, b. ; m. Aug. i3, 1755, Peter Presho; res. Taun- 
ton. He was of Raynham, and had ch. : i. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 3, 
1760. 2. Peter, b. Nov. 19, 1761. 3. Joseph, b. May 22, 1768; and 
probably others. 

780. ix. ANNA, b. ; m. Elkanah Woodward; res. Taunton; she was 

living 1797. 

ZIBIAH, b. ; m. Abiel Dean; res. Taunton. 

MARY, b. ; m. Nov. 27, 1766, Daniel Knapp; res. Norton. 

HANNAH, b. ; m. April 24, 1772, Ephraim Wilbore (Wilbur), 

of Raynham, and had ch. : i. Hannah, b. March 5, 1773; d. April 
12, 1778. 2. Abiah, b. Oct. 15, 1774; d. April 17, 1778. 3. Ephra- 
im, b. Oct. 15, 1776; d. Dec. 29, 1777. 4. Patience, b. Jan. 12, 
1779; d. Oct. I, 1786. 5. Elizabeth, b. Aug. i, 1781; m. Samuel 
Wetherell. 6. Field, b. Oct. 25, 1783. 7. 
March 4, 1786. 8. Reuben, b. July 17, 178S 
sina, b. June 24, 1790. 10. Ephraim (again). 
784. xiii. WEALTHY, b. ; m. James Leonard; 







Hannah (again), b. 
, 9. Varsina or Bar- 

II. Calvin, 
res. Taunton. Pub. 
She d. Jan. 10, 


Sept. 21, 1779, Nathaniel Britton, of Raynham. 

1829, aged 72 years. 

xiv. RACHEL, b. . 

XV. SARAH, b. ; m. March 30, 17S0, Elisha, son of Andrew and 

Abigail Gilmore, of Raynham. Their children were: i. Sally. 

b. Jan. 3. 1781. 2. Olive, b. July 23, 1782. 3. Elisha, b. Oct. 7, 

1785. 4. Serena, b. Aug. i. lyaS. 5. Twins, b. Feb. 23, 1792; d. 

soon after birth. 6. Adna, b. Feb. 

March 2, 1795. 8. Sidney, b. Oct, 12, 

27, 1798; d. Jan. 14, 1802. 10. Ansel, 

viah Spencer, b. Sept. 30, 1803. 

xvi. LYDIA, b. . 

xvii. PATIENCE, b. . 

xviii. RUTH, b. ; m. Oct. 18. 1787, Daniel Austin, and had ch. : 

Abner, Siimpson and others, m., 2d, Aug. 30, 1832, Capt. 

Timothy White, of Taunton; d. in Mansfield, Mass., in 1857. 
JABEZ FIELD (Richard, John, John, William, John, Richard, William, 
William), b. Bridgewater, Mass., Sept. 29, 1713; m. Feb. 25, 1745, Mary Fobes, dau. 
of Ephraim. 

15. 1793. 7- Diademia, b. 
1796. 9. William, b. March 
b. April II, iSoi. ir. Zer- 




7653. Jabez Field, of Bridgewater, yeoman, left a will written Feb. 6, 1800. 
Legatees mentioned in the will — son William Field, son Fobes Field, son Daniel 
Field, son Barzillai Field, son Bethuel Field, son Richard Field, son Ephraim Field, 
son Waldo Field, daughter Susanna Gary, wife of Moses Gary. The will was 
proved and sons Fobes and Daniel appointed executors, Jan. 7, i3o5. — Plymouth 
County Probate. 

He d. 1804, aged ninety- two. Res. Bridgewater, Mass. 

790. i. JABEZ FOBES, b. March 25, 1747; d. unm. 1826. Field, Fobes, 

Bridgewater. Private, Gapt. Josiah Hayden's company ot Min- 
utemen, Golonel Bailey's regiment, which marched on the alarm 
of April 19, 1775; service, four days; also private, Capt. Nathan 
Packard's company, Gol. Edward Mitchell's regiment; service 
five days; company ordered to Squantum, March 4, 1776, on an 
alarm; also Captain Snell's company. Colonel Mitchell's regi- 
ment; marched Dcc. 8, 1776; service two weeks, two days; com- 
pany marched to Providence, R. I., on the alarm of Dec. 8, 1776; 
'^ also Gapt David Packard's company, Golonel Gary's regiment ; 

service eleven days; company marched to Rhode Island on the 
alarm of July 22, 1780. — Massachusetts State Revolutionary 

7651. Fobes Field, of North Bridgewater, left a will written 
Aug. 5, 1826. Legatees mentioned in will : Daniel Field, Jr., 
and George Field, sons of Lieut. Zopher Field ; Melinda Field, 
brother Daniel Field, widow Rebecca Field, widow of his 
brother, Richard, deceased. To her he gives land and build- 
ings, which he (Fobes) owns in Glaremont, N. H. He mentions 
children of his brother, Richard, but no names. He mentions 
brothers Barzillai, Bethuel and Waldo, and sister Susanna Gary. 
He mentions children of his brother, William, deceased (names 
not given), and three children of his nephew, Waldo Field, 
deceased (their names not given). The above named Melinda was 
unmarried at that time, but her relationship to the deceased not 
given. Executor appointed Sept. 5, 1826.— Plymouth County 

791. ii. SUSANNA, b. Nov. 9, 1748: m. April 13, 1773, Moses Gary, son of 

Jonathan, b. 1744; d. 1839. Gh. : i. Lucius, b. 1776. 2. Bar- 
zillai, b. 1780. 3. Susannah, b. 1783. 4. Polly, b. 1785. 5. 
Gassandana. b. 1788. 

RICHARD, b. July 22, 1751; m. Rebecca Harris. 

WILLIAM, b. July 28, 1753; m. Jemima Keith. 

EPHRAIM, b. Oct. 19, 1755; m. Ruby Brett. 

DANIEL, b. Sept. 20, 1758: ra. Hannah Snell. 

BARZILLAI, b. Dec. 6, 1760; m. Patty Packard. 

BETHUEL, b. Aug. 28, 1763 ; d. unm. in 1849. 7643- Bethuel Field, 
of North Bridgewater, yeoman, left a will written Sept. 6, 1831 ; 
codicil written Aug. 27, 1832; legatees mentioned, John Field, 
Lucius Field and Chloe Field, children of his brother Barzillai. 
Executor appointed April 3, 1849. — Plymouth County Probate. 
798. ix. WALDO, b. ; went west 

392. DOCTOR DANIEL FIELD (Daniel, John, John, William, John, Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Bridgewater, Mass., Oct 5, 1712; m. July 3, 1733, 














Susanna Thayer. He made his will in 1737. Went into the French war and d. 
prob. at Crown Point. 

7646. Daniel Field, of Bndgewater, physician, ' 'beinpr in sound mind & good 
health, thanks be to God, but bound in the expedition against Crown Poiht have 
dependence on living no longer than divine providence shall wisely order," etc. 
Legatees mentioned: Wife Susanna, three daughters, Rachel, Anna and Susanna 
(last names not given). Will written May 7, 1756; proved and widow Susanna 
appointed executrix Jan. 11, 1757. His estate was thought to be "greatly insolv" 
ent" at first, but proved to be otherwise. — Plymouth County Probate. 

He d. in 1756. Res. Bridgewater, Mass. 

799. i. ANNA, b. about 1734; m. Jan. 30, 1769, Eleazar Hill, b. 1729; d., s. 

p., 1 791. Res. Bridgewater. 

800. ii. SUSANNA, b. about 1736; m. 1769, Capt. Jesse Perkins. Ch. : i. 

Zadock, b. 1771. 2. Rachel, b. 1776; m. Shepherd Perkins. Sus- 
anna d. about 1777-89, and he m., 2d, Bliss Phinney. 

801. iii. RACHEL, b. . 

395. JOSEPH FIELD (Daniel, John, John, William, John, Richard, William, 
William), b. Bridgewater, Mass. ; m. 1748, Rachel Pray. 7661. Joseph Field, of 
Bridgewater, yeoman, left a will written March 11, 1754. Legatees mentioned in 
the will: Wife Rachel, eldest son John, a minor; youngest son Joseph, a minor, 
and daughter Abigail Field. Will proved June 3, 1754. Charles Biswick was one 
of the witnesses. In an account filed in this case the executor charges himself with 
legacies paid Daniel and Everton Beswick, but the will does not mention these. — 
Plymouth County Probate. 

7660. John Field et als. Isaac Packard was appointed guardian of John Field 
and Abigail Field, minor children of Joseph Field, of Bridgewater, deceased. Ap- 
pointment made Dec. i, 1755. — Same. 

He d. 1754. Res. Bridgewater, Mass. 

802. i. JOHN, b. 1750. 

803. ii. ABIGAIL, b. 1752; m. 1776, Elkanah Palmer. 

804. iii. JOSEPH, b. 1753. 

398. ZACHARIAH FIELD (Zachariah, Zachariah, John, William, John, Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., about 1706; m. in Rehoboth, Mass., 
Sept 20, 1727, Lydia Titus, of Rehoboth. Res. Providence, R. I. 

805. i. EZRA, b. Sept. 21, 1730, m Rehoboth. 

506. li. ZACHARIAH, b. . 

507. iii. JOHN, b. April 10, 1728. 
808. IV. ELIZABETH, b. . 

399. CAPTAIN JOHN FIELD (Zachariah, Zachariah, John, William, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., 1708; m. there Jan. 12, i735; 
Elizabeth Snow, dau. of Joseph. Administration of his estate was granted his 
widow, Elizabeth, July 15, 1738. Admitted freeman in 1734. His widow afterward, 
Sept. 13, 1743, m. Ezra Dean, of Plainfield, Conn., and had two daughters. She d. 
before Jan. 12, 1765. 

B. 9, 18. From Daniel Abbott, Oct. 26, 1731, son of Zachariah Field, Jr., 
deceased, land near Waybosset bridge, originally Daniel Brown. 

B. 9, 139. From Joseph Brown, Oct. 6, 1732, land "on the neck of land near 
Waybosset Hill, being a little Northerly of the place called the Ship Yard." 

Probate Records 3, p. 244. Widow Elizabeth. Book 3, p. 246. Inventory ;,^668 
las. taken July 25, 1738, by John Field and Eleazer Metcalf. Book 4, p. 149. Ezra 


Dean appears and reports that his wife (who was widow of John Field) had paid 
out Dec. 24, 1744, the sum of ^^580, and had ;,^88 left. 

He d. St, Eustaceus. April 5 173S. Res. Providence, R. L 

S09. i. JOHN, b. 1738; m. Abigail Corey. 

400. JOSEPH FIELD (John. Zachariah, John, William, John, Richard, Wil- 
liam, William), b. Providence, R. 1., about 1715; m. July 3, 1768, Susannah Hamble- 

42. Joseph Field, Jr., cordwamer, in deeds; b. about 1715-23; d. after 1754. 

Arnold 10, 162. Married Susannah Hambleton, July 3, 1768, 

Council Records. Feb. 3, 1737-38. Father John, dead, he chooses Richard 
Waterman, Jr., for guardian. 

B. II, 246. To Uncle Joseph (16), Oct. i, 1744; interest in Uncle James estate; 
no wife. 

B. II. 331. To Uncle Joseph (16), March 14, 1745; interest in Uncle James 
estate ; no wife. 

B. 12, 365. From Edward Manton (34). 1750. To Benjamin Waterman, 1750. 

B. 13, 327. To Anthony Olney, Dec. 21, 1753, wife Susannah. 

B. 14, i4g. From Edward Tripp. March 10, 1753. 

B. 14, 203. To William Lockwood, Oct. 13, 1753- 

B. 15, 80. To Anthony Olney, Nov. 4. 1754, wife Susannah. 

B. 14, 149. Land bought of Edward Tripp. 

He d. after 1754. Res., s. p.. Providence, R. I. 

401. CAPTAIN ISAAC FIELD (Joseph, Zachariah, John, William, John, 
Richard, William, W'illiam), b. Providence. R. I., Nov. 18, 1743; m. Aug. 9, 1764, 
Martha' Hartshorn, b. 1745; d. Oct. 10, 1828. Administration allowed to widow, 
Martha Feb. 19, 1781. 

B. 18, 432. To Gideon Comstock, March 15, 1771, Archibald Young's land. 
Cranston, B. 6, 308. Probate Records, March 31, 1781; inventory £iiT, widow 
Martha administrator. 

Providence, B. 19, 535. Sept. 10. 1785, Martha Field, widow, of Providence, 
to town of Providence, land at Hawkins' Cove, for pest house. 
He d. June 8, 17S0. Res. Providence, R. I. 

810. i. MARY, b. May 6, 1766; m. July 17, 17S3, Isaac Manchester. She 
d. November, 1865. He was b. July 28, 1760. Ch. : i. L3'dia 
Sheldon, b. February, 1791; d. unm. 2. Joseph Field, b. March 

2, 1793; d. unm. 3. Patty, b. Nov. 17, 1795; d. young. 4. Mary 
A., b. April 4, 1798. 5. Sally M., b. Feb. 19, 1800; d. young. 6. 
Cyrus B., b. Jan. 11, 1802. 7. Albert H., b. Dec. 18, 180S. 3. 
Abby W., b. Sept. 6, 1806. 9. Roby W., b. Januarv', 1809; m. 
Caleb Whipple. Ch. : Martha. 

JOSEPH, b. Aug. 24, 1768; d. 1786. 
ISAAC, 'b. Aug. 3, 1770; d. in infancy. 

ISAAC, b. Sept. 12 1772; d. Aug. 3, 1790, in North Carolina. 
GEORGE, b. 1774; m. Mary Green. 

SARAH b. prob. 1775-76; m., 1st, Jan. 9, 1783, Samuel Waters; m., 
2d, Jeremiah Eddy. Ch. : i. Abby Waters. 2. Isaac Waters. 

3. Eunice Eddy. 4. Barnard Eddy. Res. Providence, R. I. 
Sarah Eddy, wid. of Jeremiah Eddy; she was a United States 
pensioner as wid. of Samuel Waterous. At the time of her death 
the record says her only living children were Eunice Shaw, 
widow, and Abby Hoes, wife of Lucas Hoes, of Kinderhook, 












N. Y. Arnold lo, 206, M. Aug. 23, 1795, Jeremiah Eddy and 
Sarah Field. 

816. vii. ABIGAIL, b. Dec. 4, 1777; d. in infancy, aged six months. 

403. THOMAS FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, William. John, Richard. 

William, William), b. Providence, R. I , about 1696; m. there Abigail . In 1742 

Thomas Field. Jr., speaks of his grandfathers, Thomas Field and William Hop- 
kins. He is then forty-six years old. In 1752 Thomas Field asks for a summons 
to cause his mother, Abigail Fields (stepmother), to appear before the administrator. 
He was freeman of colony in 1720. 

B. 8, 500, From Thomas Field, June 7, 1725. 

B. 9, 414. From Thomas Field, Feb. 13, 1734-5. 

B. A to, 399. From Thomas Field, 1738-39. 

B. Aio, 400. To Richard and Phebe Knight, land in lot ot father Thomas, 

B. An, 264. To son Silas, 1743-44, half of farm. 

B. A13, 22. From Elisha Brown, 1750. 

B. A13, 203. To Jeremiah, May 12, 1753. 

B. A13, 353. From Peter Bateman, 1754. 

Scituate Probate 2, 309. Will of Thomas Field, dated April 21, 1774, proved 
May 20, 1777. To daughter Phebe Knight. To heirs of son Silas. To daughters 
Lois Field, six acres. To son Chad Field, residue. Stephen Leach, executor. 

He d. in 1777. Res. Scituate, R. I. 

817. i. THOMAS, b. 1723; m. Abigail and Sarah Manchester. 

818. ii. SILAS, b. ; m. Freelove Barnes and Sarah Collins. 

819. iii. PHEBE, b. ; m, Richard Knight, Jr. Will of Thomas Field, 

1774, leaves Phebe Knight pewter platter. 

820. iv. LOIS, b. ; n. f. k. 

821. v. CHAD, b. after 1762, before 1769: m. April 20, 1783, Urana Rob- 

bins, gr. dau. of Samuel. 

Scituate Probate. Asked, March 24, 1783, to have Benjamin 
Wight his guardian, he being a minor. 

Scituate 8, 108. Oct. 23, 1788. To James Andrews, wife 
Urana, and mother Abigail, release dower. 

Scituate 8, 109. Oct. 23, 1788, from James Andrews. 

405. JEREMIAH FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., before 1706; m. Dec. 27, 1725, Abigail 
Waterman, dau. of Justice Richard. In 1752 Jeremiah Field and William Dean are 
sureties to Mrs. Abigail Field, widow ot Thomas (3). Freeman in 1720. 

B. Aio, 105. From Thomas Field, March 30, 1737. 

B. Aio, 266. From Timothy Carpenter, Feb. 21, 1738-39. 

B. Aio, 407. From Edward Arnold, Jan. 12, 1740, Starve Goat Island. 

B. Aio, 408. From Elisha Arnold, 1740, Starve Goat Island. 

B. Aio, 409. From Joseph Williams, Jr., 1740, Starve Goat Island. 

B. 10, 145. From Nathaniel (10), Nov. 3, 1743, Ponagansett Neck. 

B. 10, 137. From Nathaniel (10), Thatch at Ponagansett Neck. 

B. II, 2. From Toleration Harris, Sept. 6, 1740, Starve Goat Island. 

B. II, 51. From Silas Carpenter, March 10, 1741-42, Starve Goat Island. 

B. II, 54. From Benj. Carpenter, March i, 1741-42, Starve Goat Island. 

B. II, 147. From Waterman Bros., 1742-43, Starve Goat Island. 

B. II, 162. From Waterman Bros., 1743, Starve Goat Island. 

B. II, 147. To William Carpenter, 1743. 


B. II, 187. To Archibald Young, Aug. 9, 1743. 

B. II, 303. From Thomas, May 21, 1744. 

B. II, 260. From Amaziah Waterman, 1744. 

B. II, 273. To Joseph Field, 1744. 

B. II, 306. To Elisha Baker, 1744. 

B. 12, 186, Mortgage, Thomas, 1746. 

B. 13, 203. From Thomas, quitclaim, May 12, 1753. 

B. 13, 138. From Nathaniel, 1752, homestead. 

B. 13, 140. To Nathaniel, May, 1753. 

B. 13, 282, 283, 2S6. Will, dated Dec. 5, 1765; proved at Cranston, Sept. 29, 

B. 13, 289. First wite, Abigail; second, William; third, James; fourth grand- 
son, Pardon, son of James; fifth sons Daniel and Jeremiah; sixth son Thomas; 
seventh Hannah; eighth Sarah; ninth James, Thomas, Daniel, Jeremiah, Abigail, 
Gorman and Hannah. 

Smithfield, 6-20. April 26, 1763, to Jeremiah Smith, 13 acres; no wife. 

Smithfield, 6-33. Dec. 11, 1762, to James Brown, 15 acres; no wife. 

Scitiiate 3, 409. May 17, 1744, to Job Randal, 120 acres; no wife. 

Scituate 3, 451. March 2, 1749, to Joseph Slater; no wife. 

Scituate 4, 41. Aug. 9, 1750, to son William, near Sunhangansett river. 

Scituate 4, 300. Dec. 2, 175 1, to Henry Harris, 55 acres; no wife. 

Scituate 5, 265. Nov. 26, 1763, to son Thomas, 150 acres; no wife. 

Scituate 5, 314. Oct. 27, 1763, to Charles Walker; no wife. 

Jeremiah Field made his will Dec. 5, 1765, and d. Sept. 2, 1768; will proved 
Sept. 29, 1768. By first item he provides for support of his widow, in lieu of her 
dower, but the widow declines to accept the will. By fifth item he gives his home- 
stead farm in Cranston to his sons, Daniel and Jeremiah, in equal shares, "but as 
my son Daniel Field is now absent on a voyage at sea, and at present unheard of, 
and in case my said son, Daniel, should never return home from said voyage, then 
my will is, and I do hereby give and devise what I have herein given to my said 
son Daniel unto my son Jeremiah he providing for and maintaining his mother in 
Manner and under the restrictions as aforesaid and to be and remain unto him my 
said son Jeremiah his heirs and assigns forever." By another clause he gives the 
"farming tackle" and cows and sheep and horses to Daniel and Jeremiah, or to 
Jeremiah alone in case Daniel does not return. And by another clause gives some 
furniture, etc., to Daniel, but to go to Jeremiah in case Daniel does not return; and 
finally divides the residue among his children, including Daniel, but Daniel's por- 
tion to be divided among all sons in case Daniel does not return. There is no 
record of a Daniel Field at this period on the Cranston land and probate records. 
Son William was named as one of the executors, but declined to act. The widow 
declined to accept the conditions of the will. There is no record of any division of 
the property. But on April i, 1777, appear some important real estate transactions, 
in relation to the homestead farm, which was given to Daniel and Jeremiah. Jer- 
emiah appears to be sole possessor, as Abigail, widow of his father, conveys to him 
her right of dower in that farm, and in another piece of property in his (her son's) 
possession. Jeremiah gives bond for ;^i,3ooto his mother, conditioned on his agree- 
ment to pay her £29 annually during her life. Jeremiah (and wife Lydia) conveys 
for ;{ri,950 the homestead farm and other lands to his brother William. April 2, 
1777. William Field mortgaged the homestead farm to Zephaniah Brown. 
He d. Sept. 2, 1768. Res. Providence and Cranston, R. I. 

822. i. WILLIAM, b. April 30, 1728; m. Waite Westcot. 

823. ii. ABIGAIL, b. Jan. 27, 1730; m. Oct. 7, 1743, Benjamin Gorham, 


who was son ot Jabez, son of Capt. John Gorham, of Gorham- 
burg, England, and Desire Rowland, who came to America in 
the Mayflower. Ch. : i. Bethia, b. 1761; d. unm. 2. Amey, b. 
1762. 3. Abigail, b. 1769. 4. William, b. 1771; d. young. 5. 
Samuel. 6. Benjamin. 7. Jabez. Arnold Vit. Sta. has it: Prov. 
Oct. 4, 1753, Jabez Gorham m. Abigail Field. This I think is 

824. iii. SARAH, b. March 16, 1735; d. in Chester, Vt. ; m. January, 1758, 

George Rounds. Ch. : i. One dau. ; ra. Greene. 2. Oliver. 

3. Jeremiah. 4. William had ch. : George, William, Nathan and 
two daus. Sarah received by will from her father but $1. B. 
20, 23. To Jeremiah Field, 1772. 

825. iv. JAMES, b. July 31, 1738; m. Hannah Stone and Jane Stone. ,_ 

826. V. THOMAS, b. Sept. 7, 1741; m. Deliverance Hammon. 

827. vi. DANIEL, b. Aug. 30, 1743; m. Hannah Whitman. 

828. vii. JEREMIAH, b. July 14, 1746; m. Lydia Colwell. 

829. viii. HANNAH, b. Nov. 13, 1749; m. Jeremiah Randall. She d. in 

Cranston, R. I. ; had ch. ; a desc. is Dudley Randall. 

' 406. CAPTAIN NATHANIEL FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, William, 
John, Richard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., before 1702; m. in Reho- 
both, Mass., Dec. 11, 1729, Margaret Barstow, of Rehoboth. Admitted freeman in 

B. Aio, 255. From Thomas (3), April 14 .1737, homestead estate. 
B. Aio, 145. To Jeremiah (9), Nov. 3, 1743, Ponagansett Neck. 
B. Aio, 137. From Jeremiah (9), Thatch at Ponagansett Neck. 
B. An, 194. To R. Waterman, Jr., 1743. 
B. An, 339. To John Thornton. 1745, Thatch. 
B. All, 339. From Joseph Brown, 1746; wife Abigail. 
B. A12, 186. From Thomas (3), 1740, assignment of mortgage. 
B. A13, 140. From Jeremiah (9), May, 1753, mansion house. 
B. A13, 138. To Jeremiah (9), 1752, homestead. 

B. 4, 313. Probate records; inventory, ;^i,448 i6s., but insufficient to pay his 
debts; widow Margaret administratrix. 

He d. Jan. 31, 1753. Res. Providence, R. I. 

MERCY, b. Nov. 3, 1739; ™- June 12, 1763, William Warner. 
SUSANNA, b. Sept. 21, 1742. 
MARGARET, b. April 11, 1744. 
LYDIA, b. Oct. 7, 1746; m. Nov. 3, 1769, Lieut. Samuel Carpenter, 

of Rehoboth; d. in Rehoboth, Feb. i, 1786. 
MOLLY, b. July 22, 1736; d. May 9, 1748. 
MOLLY, b. Jan. 22, 1748; d. May 9, 1758. 

407. ANTHONY FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Thomas. William, John. Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Providence, R. I., before 1712; m. June 12, 1732, Mehi- 
table Whipple. She was living in 1774. Admitted freeman in 1732. 

B. Aio, 205. From Jonathan Sprague, March 3, 1737-3S. 

B. A12, 132. Power of attorney, Oct. 22, 1745, to wife. Mehitable. 

B. A12, 132. Mehitable to William Autram, 1747, Sprague lot. 

B. A13, 84. From Roger Williams, 1752, Scituate lands. 

B. A13, 365. Mehitable to O. Sprague, 1754. 

Probate 3, p. 246. Ridley Cady, of Stonington, apprenticed to Anthony Field, 
mariner, for one year. 














Probate 5, 348. Will mentions children ; see below. 

Providence 9, 109. From father Thomas, April 2, 1732, land in Scituate and 

Scituate 4, 123. Dec. i, 1750, to Joseph Field, land which was grandfather 
Thomas (2); wife Mehitable. 

Will of Anthony Field. — Providence Probate Docket, vol. i, No. A816; will 
book 5, p. 348. — In the Name of God Amen I Anthony Field of Providence in the 
County of Providence and Colony of Rhode Island &ct. in New England House- 
wright, being Sick and weak in body, but (blessed be God) of sound mind and 
memory and now Considering my Mortality and the Uncertainty of Humane Life, 
do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form follow- 
ing vizt — 

Principally and first of all I Commend my Soul to God who gave it and my 
Body to the Earth, to be Decently Interred at the Discretion of my Executrix herein 
after Named 

And all the Worldly Estate God hath blessed me with in this Life I Give and 
Dispose of the Same as Follows vizt 

Imprimis my Will is that all my Just Debts and funeral Expenses be first Paid 
by my Executrix out of the Rents arising on my Dwelling house in Said Providence 
wherein I Now Dwell which I hereby order to be Let by my Executrix for that 
Purpose, till the whole is Discharged saving to her Self a Convenient appartment in 
said House 

Item I Give unto my beloved Wife Mehitabel Field the Possession Issues And 
Profits of all my Dwelling House Situate in said Providence for Ten full years Com- 
mencing as Soon as my Debts are Discharged by the Rents thereof as is above 
expressed. Together with the Use of All my Household Goods and Furniture for 
her Life, if she Remains my Widow. But if she Marries again, my Will is that the 
above Rents Be thenceforward null and void, and instead thereof I give her in 
Lieu of Dower the Occupation Issues and Profits of one Third Part of my said 
House for the Term of her Natural Life, and one half of all my Household Goods 
and Furniture forever 

Item I Give and Devise to my Daughter Lucy Sterrey Mehitabel Hawkins 
Amey Field and Ruth Field and to their Heirs and Assigns respectively forever, by 
equal Portions or Dividens, all my Estate Real and Personal Whatsoever not herein 
before Disposed of, to be by them entered upon as Soon as my said Wife shall be 
divested thereof, either by her Death or Intermariage, according to the Tenor of 
the Bequests made unto her as above Expressed 

Item I Constitute appoint and make my said Wife Mehitabel Field Sole Exe- 
cutrix of this my Last Will and Testament 

And I do hereby utterly revoke disannul and disallow all former and other 
Wills. Testaments, Legacies & Devises by me heretofore made Given or Devised, 
ratifying and confirming this and no other as my Last Will and Testament 

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Twenty Ninth 
Day of Marcn in the Second year of his Majesty's Reign George the Third King of 
Great Britain &ct. AD: 1762 

Signed sealed Published pronounced and Declaired by the sd Anthony Field as 
his Last Will and Testament in Presence of us 

Samuel Thurber Anthony Field seal 

Benjamin Thurber 
Geo: Taylor 

Proved January 31st. 1763. 

He d. April 19, 1762. Res. Providence, R. I. . , ... 


836. i. LUCY, b. about 1740; m. Oct. 22. 1759, Thomas Sterry. 

837. ii. MEHITABLE, b. ; m. Hawkins. 

838. iii. AMEY, b. ; rn. May 15, 1768, Stephen Carpenter. 

839. iv. RUTH, b. between 1735 and 1740; m. Thomas Page. 

410. JOSEPH FIELD (William. Thomas, Thomas, William, John. Richard, 
William, William), b. Providence, R. L, about 1720; m. there April i, 1750, Sarah 
Harding. He was a cooper. 

Scituate 5, 701. May 30, 1766, to daughter Sarah, wife of Thomas Lindsay, of 
Providence, no wife, land in Scituate. 

Providence B. 12, 331. To Stephen Hopkins, Nov. 30, 1749, interest in Nathan's 
land. This deed recites "Joseph, son of William, deceased," land given by Father 
William, to Brother Nathan, "also supposed to be dead;" no wife named. 

B. 13, 324. To Paris Hernden, of Newport, May 27, 1754, lot on S. Main street; 
wife Sarah. 

Probate. Inventory of Joseph Field (cooper) taken Sept. 9, 17S9, ^^41 2s. 6d. ; 
Christopher Sheldon and James Arnold appraisers. 

B. 23, 20. Daniel Cooke, administrator of Joseph Field (cooper), to William 
Harding and Joseph Field (cooper) land on Powers Lane, which Joseph Field bought 
of Joseph Whipple; dated March 29, 1791. 

B. 14, 161. From Joseph Whipple, Jan. 10, 1756, land on Power street. 

B. 25, 42. Asher Robbins, administrator of Joseph Field (cooper), April S, 1795, 
to William Harding, land and dwelling on South Water street. 

In 1794 Sarah Field willed the house she then lived in to her granddaughter, 
Sarah Hopkins, subject to life interest to her daughter, Zerviah Charlotte Wheaton. 
Sarah died before May 4, 1795, leaving will, dated July i, 1794; proved May 4, 1795, 
in which she gives to "daughter Zerviah C. Wheaton, "the house where I now dwell 
and land on which it stands," and after her decease "to go to my granddaughter 
Sarah Hopkins." 

He d. 1 791 to 1795. Res. Scituate, R. I. 

840. i. SARAH, b. ; m. Capt. Thomas Lindsay, of Providence. He 

was probably master of the "Hannah," who led the "Gaskee" 
aground. Scituate 5, 701. May 30, 1766. Mrs. Brownell says, 
176 — , Joseph Field, of Providence, deeds to daugher Sarah, wife 
of Thomas Lindsay, seventy-five acres of land, laid out to 
Thomas Field, deceased, in first division of land, northerly on 
Punagansett river and southerly on land purchased of Anthony 

840'^. ii. JOSEPH, b. (cooper). 

8401^. iii. ZERVIAH C, b. ; m. August, 17S1, Samuel Hopkins. He was 

lost at sea in December, 1782; son of Com. Ezek Hopkins, m., 
2d, 1789, Calvin Wheaton; m., 3d, in 1804. Samuel Staples. She 
d. Oct. 26, 1848. Ch. : I. Sarah Hopkins, b. 1782; m. Gen. 
Joseph Harris; d. Oct. 30, i860. 

413. WILLIAM FIELD (William, Thomas, Thomas, William, John. Richard, 

William, William), b. Providence, R. I., after 1708; m. there Jemima . She 

was living in 1774. He was a cooper. Administration of his estate was granted to 
his widow, Aug. 10, 1742. Jemima outlived her son. I think her name was Bent- 
ley, as her administrators were Caleb Bentley and Caleb Greene, who m. a Bentley. 
Probate records, B. 4, 47; inventory, ;,^I33 15s. 6d. Probate records, B. 4, 48; 
Jemima appointed administratrix. Not of age when his father's will was made, 
Oct. 16, 1729. 


Axo, 296. To John Crawford, April 19, 1739, east side Main street. 

Aio. 350. From Thomas, Aug. 23, 1740, father's mansion. 

Aio, 360. Trom Thomas, Oct, 21, 1740, one-half of homestead lots. 

Aio. 397. To John Angell, Nov. 4, 1740. 

Aio, 415. To brother John, June 9, 1741, homestead. 

Aio, 416. From John Angell, quitclaim. 

All, 6. To Thomas Harding, 1741. 

An, 187. Widow Jemima, fi'om Charles (15), January, 1742-43. 

An, iSS. Widow Jemima, from Charles (15), January. 

A20, 276. Widow Jemima to Joseph Brown, July 10, 1774. 

A8, 241. Probate Records. Jemima Field, mventory, Feb. 4, 1800; estate 
insolvent. Caleb Bentley, of Warwick, Caleb Greene, of East Greenwich, appointed 
administrators. Inventory, $2,979.16, including dwelling and lot, which is valued 
at $2,800. 

He d. April 15, 1742. Res. Providence, R. I. 

841. i. WILLIAM, b. Aug. 30, 1740; prob. d. unm. 1772. 

Record Deeds, B. 17, 274. To Stephen Hopkins. Aug. 4, 1762, Snailes' Hill. 

B. 18, 461. To Joseph Brown, April 16, 1771. 

B. 19, 130. To J. Burrows Hopkins, April 11, 1771. 

B. 20, 50. To Joseph Brown, March 31, 1772. 

B. 20, 50. To Joseph Brown, Feb. 12, 1772. 

B. 21, 113. From Munro and Allen, June 3, 1784. 

Will of William Field. — Providence docket, vol. i. No. A917. Will Book No. 
6, p. 43. — In the Name of God Amen I William Field of Providence In the County 
of Providence and Colony of Rhode Island &c. Spermicite Manufactor being 
indisposed in Body but of sound mind and Memory calling to mind the uncertainty 
of this lite, Do make this my last Will and Testament, in manner Following, And 
first of all I Resign my Soul unto God the great Author of Nature, and my body I 
Resign to the Earth to be buried within convenient time after my Decease at the 
Discretion of my Executors hereafter Named, Jtem, I give and devise unto my 
Honrd Mother Jemima Field and to her Heirs and Assigns forever, all my Estate 
both Real and personal I Constitute and make my said Mother and Joseph Brown 
of said Providence Joint Executors of this my Last Will and Testament I do 
hereby revoke and Disannul all former Wills Testaments Legacies and Devises by 
me heretofore made 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set ray Hand and seal the Twenty Fifth Day 
of March one Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Two 

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the said William Field 

as his Last Will and Testament In Presence of us who at the same time Subscribed 

as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each Other 

William Field (seal) 
John Jenckes 

James Angell 

Jabez Bowen 

Proved April 21, 1772. 

414- THOMAS FIELD (William, Thomas. Thomas, William, John. Richard, 

William, William), b. about 1708; m. Margaret . Austin Diet., p. 275, in will 

of Elizabeth Arnold, of Providence, a daughter, Margaret Field receives 
her share of estate. Elizabeth's first husband was William Case. Freeman of 
Gloucester in 1742. Not of age Oct. 16, 1729, date of father's will. Settled in 


B. Aio, 216. To brother John, Nov. 17, 1738, one-half of homestead of lather's 

B. Aio, 350. To brother William, Aug. 23, 1740, mansion of father's estate. 

B. Aio, 360. Oct. 21, 1740, one-half of homestead lots. 

B. An, 346. From Joseph Brown, April 15, 1746. 

B. A12, 152. To Stephen Hopkins, interest in Nathan's land. 

B. A12, 105. To John Applin, 1746, Brown lot. 

He d. after 1746. Res. Gloucester, R. I. 

842. i. CHARLES, b. 1730; m. Mrs. Amy (Winsor) Colwell. 

415. JOHN FIELD (William, Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. Providence, R. I., about 1712; m. before Oct. 12, 1738. Debo- 
rah ; she m., 2d, Oct. 9, 1751, David Jackson, of Providence, R. I. Known as 

John, Jr. Austin gives date of birth as 171 2. 

B. 9, 341. To Daniel Smith, May i, 1734. 

B. Aio, 153. To Joseph Brown, Jan. 3, 1737-38. 

B, Aio, 213. To Charles Field, Oct. 12, 1738; v^ife Deborah joins. 

B. Aio, 216. From Bro. William, Nov. 17, 1738. 

B. Aio, 374. To William Walker, Sept. 3, 1740. 

B. Aid, 375. To William Walker, April g, 1740; wife Deborah joins. 

B. An, 4. To Thomas Rice (mtg.), July 11, 1741; release. 

B. An. 116. To Thomas Harding, 1741. 

B. An, 204. To Archibald Young, May, 1743. 

B. An, 209. To Stephen Hopkins, 1742. 

B. An, 210. To Stephen Hopkins, 1743. 

B. An, 257. To Daniel Abbott, 1741. 

B. An, 350. To Stephen Hopkins, 1743; lease. 

B. An, 155. From Thomas Rice, 1743. 

B. A12, 520. Widow Deboorah to Stephen Hopkins, Sept. 15, 1751; interest in 
Nathan's estate. 

He d. between 1743 and 1747; res., s. p., Providence, R. I. 

416. CHARLES FIELD (William, Thomas, Thomas, William, John, Richard, 
William, William), b. Providence, R. I., Feb. 6, 1714; m. Aug. 6, 1741, Waite 
Dexter, dau. of Stephen and Susannah (Whipple), b. 1721, d. Aug. 26, 1808. He 
was a mariner, and d. on the Island of Jamaica, West Indies. I am unable to find 
much concerning Charles Field. The home lot of his great-grandfather Thomas 
Harris extended from Main street east to Hope street, and north of the street which 
now bears his name, viz., Charles Field street, in Providence, R. I. This home lot 
(undivided) was given to his father William by his mother Martha Harris, and from 
him it descended to his daughter Waitstill who m. John Brown. Said Waitstill 
Field was the only surviving child of Charles Field. Admitted Freeman, 1735; d. 
at Island of Jamaica; was a mariner. Austin gives date of birth, Feb. 6, 1714. 

B. Aio, 213. From John Field (Bro.), Oct. 12. 1738. 
B. An, 98. From Thomas Harding, Sept. 28, 1742. 
B. An, 187. Power of attorney to wife Waite. 
B. An, 187. Waite to Jemima, January, 1742-43; Harding lot. 
B. An. 188. Waite to Jemima. 

B. A12, 152. To Stephen Hopkins, Sept. 28, 1747; Nathan's land. 
Probate Records, Book 4. p. 252. Widow Waite appointed administratrix. In- 
ventory, ^4,938 19s. 8d. 

He d. April 28, 1749; res. Providence, R. I. 

843. i. WAITSTILL, b. in Providence, May 24, 1744; m. Jan. 25, 1772, 


John Brown, son of Deputy Gov. Elisha and Martha (Smith), a 
descendant in the fifth generation from John Smith (miller) who 
came with Roger Williams. They had one child, Martha 
Brown, b. Sept. 5, 1772; d. Feb. 14, 1851, in Providence; she 
m. Oct. 17, 1793, Jeremiah Brown Howell, her second cousin. 
Her husband, Jeremiah B. Howell, was b. Aug. 28, 1771, and d. 
Feb. 6, 1S22, in Providence, R. 1. ; he was a graduate of Brown 
University, class of 1789; he served one term as United States 
senator for Rhode Island, 1811-1817; he was son of David Howell 
and Mary (Brown). David Howell was one of the greatest jurists 
of his time. A graduate of Princeton, 1766, he came to Rhode 
Island with President Manning and founded what is now Brown 
University. He was a member of the Continental Congress, 1782- 
83-84-85; United States judge, district of Rhode Island; United 
States commissioner for settlement of the northeastern boundaries ; 
tutor, professor and president pro tem., and for fifty-two years a 
member of the board of fellows of Brown University. He was b. 
Jan. I, 1747, in Morristown, N. J., and d. July 31, 1824, Provi- 
dence, R. I. Ch. : I. Mary Brown, b Aug. 11, 1794; d. Jan. 10, 
1795. 2. Elizabeth Bowen, b. Feb. 9, 1796. 3. Martha Brown, b. 
Aug. 5, 179S. 4. Mary Brown, b. Sept. 2, 1800; d. March 3, 1801. 
5. Waity Field, b. Dec. 28, 1801. 6. John Brown, b. Dec. 6, 1803. 
7. Mehitable Dexter, b. Feb. 17, 1806; d. Dec. 19, 1806. 8. 
Charles Field, b. March 23, 1807. 9. Sally Brown, b. May 14, 
1808. 10. David, b. Sept. 19, 1809; d. Feb. 28, 1814. 

2. Elizabeth Bowen Howell, b. Feb. 9, 1796; d. Dec. 2, 1866, in 
Providence; m. March 4, 1818, Benjamin Cowell, of Major Samuel 
and Jemima (Metcalf). He was b. Dec. 9, 1781, Wrentham, Mass. ; 
d. May 6, i860, Providence, R. I. He was graduated from Brown 
University in 1803; was collector of the port of Providence under 
Polk; chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Rhode Island; 
author of "The Spirit of Seventy-six in Rhode Island." Judge 
Cowell devoted much of his time in his later years to preparing 
and substantiating pension claims, which required extensive re- 
search and examination of old muster rolls, marriage records. 
Bibles and gravestones, and he accumulated an amount of infor- 
mation concerning the rev-^olutionary history of the State of Rhode 
Island, greater probably than that of any man of his time. A 
small part of this store he incorporated in his book, and such is his 
reputation for accuracy, that the presence of a name on one of his 
lists of muster rolls is sufhcient to substantiate the claim of a de- 
scendant to membership in any of the patriotic societies. Ch. : 
IX. Benjamin, b. Dec. 28, 181S. 2x. Samuel, b. July 3, 1820. 3x. 
Elizabeth Howell, b. Nov. 22, 1821. 4X. Martha Brown, b. Feb. 
27, 1823; d. March 16, 1844. unm. sx, Sarah Dwight, b. April 30, 
1824. 6x. Olivia George, b. Sept. i, 1828. 

3. Martha Brown Howell, b. Aug. 5, 1798; d. Aug. 9, 1870; m. 
Sept. 10, 1832, Charles Lippitt, Jr.; b. Jan. 30, 1798; d. July 15, 
1856. He was a cotton broker in Providence; an uncle of Gov. 
Henry Lippitt, and a great-uncle of Gov. Charles Warren Lippitt, 
of Rhode Island. Ch. : lO. Sarah Howell, b. April 12, 1834. 2O. 
Martha, b. July 16. 1835. 3O. Charles, b. March 2. 1837; d. Aug. 


22, 1838. 4O. Julia, b. Oct. 8, 1842; d. Jan. 27, 1844. 5O. Frances, 
b. Oct. 8, 1842; d. Jan. 4, 1844. 

5. Waity Field Howell, b. Dec. 28, 1801 ; m. Oct. 15, 1823, Apple- 
ton Walker, son of Timothy and Olive (Arnold) ; he was b. May 3, 
1796; d. May 15, 1833; lived in New York city. She d. Jan. 6, 1S28. 
Ch. : la. George Appleton, b. Feb. 26, 1825; d. June 20, 1825. 2a. 
George Appleton (2d), b. March 16, 1826; d. Sept, 5, 1826. 3a. 
Martha Howell, b. Dec. 25, 1827. 

6. John Brown Howell, b. Dec. 6. 1803; d. Aug. 3, 1870; m., 
ist, Nov. 24, 1847, Sarah Miller, b. May 9. 1814; d. May 27, 1848; 
m., 2d, April 29, 1851, Elizabeth Underbill. Ch. : Elizabeth Ida, 
b. March 16. 1852; unm. 

7. Charles Field Howell, b. March 23, 1807; d. May 28, 1S46; 
m. Sept. 27, 1838, Maria Valentine ; no children. 

g. Sally Brown Howell, b. May 14, 1808; m. May 14, 1835, Rev. 
Horace Alexander Wilcox, b. March 6, 1807; d. April 15, 1865. She 
d. March i, 1861. Ch. : ib. Candace Goodell, b. April 10, 1836; 
m, Dec. 6. 1866, Charles T. G. Tappan, who d. Dec. 31, 1881. She 
lives in Brooklyn; no children. 2b. John Howell, b. April 10, 
1838; d. Aug. 6, 1840. 3b. Everett Pattison, b. June 22, 1839. 4b. 
Charles Howell, b. Aug. 13, 1842; d, June 20, 1843. 5b. Juliet 
Lavinia, b. July 24, 1843. 6b. Charles Field, b. Jan. 8, 1845. 7b. 
Henry Jackson, b. June 4, 1847; d. Sept. 12, 1848. 8b. Horace 
Alexander, b. Dec. 20, 1848. 

Ix. Benjamin Cowell, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Howell), 
b. Dec. 28, 1S18, Providence, R. I ; d. Oct. 14, 1873, Peoria, 111.; 
m. Oct. I, 1S45, Providence, R. I., Amey Wilkinson Harris, of 
Samuel Bunker and Amey (Wilkinson). She is of Field descent 
as follows: John Field d. Providence, 1686; Ruth Field m. John 
Angell, James Angell; Ruth Angell m. John Wilkinson; Oziel 
Wilkinson, Abraham Wilkinson ; Amy Wilkinson m. Samuel 
Bunker Harris. She was b. in Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., 
May 24, 1826; lives in Peoria, 111. Benjamin Cowell was one of 
the "Argonauts of '49," making two trips to California during the 
gold excitement. In the great fire in San Francisco, May 3, 1851, 
it was by his advice that a successful efiort was made to save the 
great store of Cook Brothers & Co. At the head of a few volun- 
teers he shut himself in the building, cutting off all chance of 
escape, as the flames quickly surrounded them. For six hours 
they labored at a force pump in the cellar, with the outer iron 
doors and shutters often at a white heat, and by heroic exertions 
saved the building and themselves. In this fire more than fifty 
large stores and some hundreds of smaller buildings were destroy- 
ed. On his return from San Francisco in 1854, he suffered ship- 
wreck on the ill-fated steamer Yankee Blade. In 1856 he removed 
to Chicago and with the late C. S, Halsey established the homce- 
opathic pharmacy of Cowell & Halsey, the oldest in the west. He 
sold out in 1858, and removed to Peoria, 111., where he lived the 
remainder of his life. He was one of the first stockholders and 
treasurers of the Peoria Street Railroad Co. Ch. : ic. Joseph Har- 
ris, b. April 4, 1847. 2C. Elizabeth Howell, b. Oct. 18, 1848; d. 
April 20, 1895, unm. 3c. and 4c. Benjamin and Henry (twins), b. 


May 9, 1853; the latter d. Sept. i, 1853. 5c. Amy Adeline, b. Dec. 
30, 1861; d. May 26, 1890; she m. June 19, 1889, Gardner Everett 
Angier; no children. 

2x. Samuel Cowell, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Howell), b. 
July 3, 1820, Providence, R, I.; d. Jan. 15, 1892, Kenosha, Wis; 
m., 1st. Sept. 16, 1846, Annie Sweitzer, Brownsville, Pa.; shed. 
June 16, 1848; m., 2d, Oct. 5. 1S52, Margaret Marshall, Washing- 
ton, Pa. ; she d. May, 1884; m., 3d, Oct. 25, 1885, Aletha Arnold, 
Wilmot, Wis. b. 1S45; d. 1S97. Samuel Cowell was a graduate 
of Brown University, class of 1840; studied in the General Theo- 
logical Seminary, New York, and entered the ministry of the Epis- 
copal church in 1S44. His first parish was Brownsville, Pa. He 
spent the greater part of his ministerial life in Lockport, 111. He 
was for a time chaplain of the Illinois State prison at Joliet. Ch. 
by first wife: id. Henry Sweitzer, b. June 16, 1848; d. Aug. 19, 
1848. Ch. by second wife: 2d. Elizabeth Howell, b. Feb. 19, 1854; 
d. Aug. 5, 1871. 3d. Walter Marshall, b. Sept. 28, 1856; m. 1888, 
Vinnie Harrison; no children. 4d. Herbert, b. Oct. 7, 1858; m. 
Abby Harris; no children, sd. Anna Sweitzer, b. Nov. 24, i860. 
6d. James Henry, b. March 2, 1863; m. 1S88, Mattie Frazer; no 

3x. Elizabeth Howell Cowell, dau. of Benjamin and Elizabeth 
(Howell), b, Nov. 22, 1821, Providence, R. L; d. Nov. 8, 1899, 
Saginaw, Mich. ; m. April 9, 1872, Edward Peck Knowles, of Ed- 
ward and Amey (Peck); he was b. April 13, 1805; d. Oct. 6, 1S81; 
he was mayor of Providence in 1854; no children. 

5x. Sarah Dwight Cowell, dau. of Benjamin and Elizabeth 
(Howell), b. April 30, 1824; d. March 2, 1855; m. Oct. 10. 1848, 
Rev. Andrew Mackie, of Dr. Andrew and Hettie (Bradford); he 
was b. Feb. 21, 1823; graduated at Brown University, 1845; grad- 
uated General Theological Seminary, New York, and entered the 
ministry of the Episcopal church. His first parish was at Glass- 
boro, N. J. He preached in Schuylkill Falls, near Philadelphia, 
in Newark, N. J., and at the Church of the Advent, Boston. At 
the time of his death in 1S78 he was rector of St. Paul's church. La 
Porte, Ind., and dean of the Northern Deanery. Ch. : le. Olivia 
Hitchcock, b. Oct. 13, 1850. 2e. Andrew, b. Aug. 29, 1S52; d. 
Jan. 30, 1S53. 

6x. Olivia George Cowell, dau. of Benjamin and Elizabeth 
(Howell), b. Sept. i, 1828; d. Feb. 19,1865; m. July 20, 1847, 
Charles Hitchcock, an artist, son of Prof. Samuel Hitchcock, of 
New Haven; he was b. 1823, and d. Dec. 10, 1858, New York. 
Ch.: if. Charles, b. May 12, 1848, Providence. 2f. George, b. 
Sept. 29, 1850, Providence. 3f. Amelia Swift, b. Aug. 7, 1852. 

lO. Sarah Howell Lippitt, dau. of Charles and Martha B. 
(Howell), b. April 12, 1834; d. Oct. i. 1873; m. Oct. 21, 1857, Asa 
Arnold, Brown University class of 1853. Ch. : ig. Isabelle, b. 
July 7, 1858; res. Red Bank, N. J. 2g. Charles Lippitt, b. Jan. 5. 
1861 ; d. June 24. 1870. 

2O. Martha Lippitt, dau. of Charles and Martha B. (Howell), 
b. July 16, 1835; d. Dec. 16, 1887, Providence; m. Oct. 27, 1858, 


Eben Knight Glezen, his second wife; he d. Oct. 27, 1868; they 
had one son, Frank Lippitt, b. May 13, 1862. 

3a. Martha H. Walker, dau. of Appleton and Waity Field (How- 
ell), b. Dec. 25, 1S27; d. Nov. 25, 1893; m. June 12, 1856, Robert 
Sterry Burrough, b. Dec. 13, 1814; d. Sept. 28, 1877. Ch. : ih. 
Waity Howell, b. and d. Sept. 30, 1863. 2h. Martha Walker, b. 
Dec. 10, 1867. 

3b. Everett P. Wilcox, son of Rev. Horace Wilcox and Sally B. 
(Howell), b. June 22, 1839; m. July 31, 1872, Maria M. Owens, 
who d. without issue; he m., 2d, June 23, i88o, Lucy E. Mills. 
Ch. : li. Susan Everett, b. Sept. 29, 1881 ; d. Aug. 17, 1883. 2i. 
Reina Elizabeth, b. Dec. 14, 1885; d. Dec. 8, 1888. 3!. Grace 
Nesta, b. Oct. 23, 1889; d. Nov. 2, 1898; res. in Boston, Mass. 

5b. Juliet L. Wilcox, dau. of Horace and Sally B. (Howell), b. 
July 24, 1843; m. Dec. 6, 1866, James P. Reynolds, who d. Jan. 
ir, 1S80. Ch.: ij. James William, b. Oct. 18, 1867. 2j. Sarah 
K., b. Oct. iS, 1869. 3J. Annie E., b. Oct. 24, 1872. 4J. Candace 
W., b. Feb. 7, 1875. 5J- Everett P., b. April 29, 1877; lives in 
Walton, Eaton county, Mich. 

6b. Charles F. Wilcox, son of Horace and Sally B. (Howell), b. 
Jan. 8, 1845; ra. April 2, 186S, Lucy Wilson, of George Wade and 
Lucy (Wilson) Smith; she was b. Aug. 6, 1S41. Ch. : ik. Sarah 
Brown, b. March 23, 1S69. 2k. Alice Wilson, b. June 25, 1871. 
3k. Edith Field, b. Nov. 3, 1872. 4k. Howell George, b. Jan. 7, 
1877. Mr. Wilcox is an architect; lives in Providence. 

8b. Horace A. Wilcox, son of Horace and Sally B. (Howell), 
b. Dec. 20, 1848; removed in 1868 to Melbourne, Australia; m., 
jst, July 30, 1873, Louisa E. Owen; she d. July 27, 1874; m., 2d, 
Aug. 16, 1877, Emma Nodin; she d. Oct. 23, 1884; m., 3d, Alice 
M. Maplestone, half sister of Emma Nodin, Aug. 5, 1886. Ch. by 
first wife: il. Nellie Henrietta Owen, b. June 29, 1874; m. March 
24, 1898, Frederick Stokes, and has a son, b. Jan. 7, 1899. Ch. by 
second wife: 2I. Charles Gilbert, b. Feb. 15, 1883. 3I. Emma 
Nodin, b. Oct. 8, 1884. Ch. by third wife: 4I. David Howell, b. 
Nov. 20, 1888. 5I. Harold, b. June 9, 1892. 61. Marian Frances 
Howell, b. Aug. 5, 1895. 

ic. Joseph Harris Cowell, son of Benjamin and Amey W. 
(Harris), b. April 4, 1847, in Providence, R. L; removed to Peo- 
ria, 111., 1858; United States military service, 1S64; graduated, 
A.B., Brown University, 1869; M.D., University of Michigan, 
1871; professor of Pathology, Lansing Homoeopathic Medical 
School, 1871-73; member State of Michigan Homoeopathic Medical 
Society; member American Institute of Homoeopathy; physician 
and surgeon, Saginaw, Mich.; m. May 23, 1878, Clarissa, dau. of 
Mark A. and Hannah J. (Stark) Child; she was b. May 29, 1849. 
Ch. : im. Mary Child, b. June 17, 1880, Saginaw, Mich. 2m. 
Elizabeth Howell, b. Aug. 20, 1883, Saginaw, Mich. 3ra. Amey, 
b. June 16, 1886, Saginaw, Mich. 

3c. Benjamin Cowell, son of Benjamin and Amey W. (Harris), 
b. May 9, 1853, Providence, R. I.; removed to Peoria; graduated 
at Peoria High School with valedictory honors; a merchant in 
Peoria; in December, 1899, he published an historical novel of the 


time of Belal., entitled "The Hungarian Exiles; he m. Feb. 5, 
1880, Mary Anne Goss, of Mark Wentworth and Mary E. (Mayo)'; 
she was b. Oct. 10, 1S56. Ch. : in. Ruth, b, July 23. 1881, Peo- 
ria, 111. 2n. Mark Wentworth, b. July 30, 1883, Peoria, 111. sn. 
Joseph Goss. b. Dec. 4, 1S86, Peoria, 111. 471. Benjamin', b. Nov. 

I. 1894, Peoria, 111. 

5d. Anna S. Cowell, dau. of Rev. Samuel and Margaret (Mar- 
shall), b. Nov. 24. i860; d. Jan. 28, 1898, St. Paul, Minn.; m. June 

II, 1891, Albert Edward Fortune, Chicago, 111. ; they had two chil- 
dren; the eldest. John Walker, b. 1893. 

le. Olivia Hitchcock Mackie, dau. of Rev. Andrew and Sarah 
D wight (Cowell), b. Oct. 13, 1850; m. September, 1880, Benjamin 
Powell Walker. Ch. : i. Bradford Hastings, b. Nov. 11, 1882. 

Charles Hitchcock, son of Charles and Olivia George (Cowell), 
b. May 12, 1848; graduate of Brown University, B.P., 1869; grad- 
uate of College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1872; m. Nov. 27, 
1872, Fanny Lapsley. of Philadelphia; physician and surgeon. 61. 
W. 36th street, New York city. Ch. : lO. Ethel, b. June 27. 1877. 
2O. Margaret, b. April 13. 1879; d. April 14, 1879. 3O. Charles, b. 
Aug. 25, 188 1. 4O. Howard Lapsley, b. Sept. 3, 1883. 5O. Olive 
b. 1886. 

2f. George Hitchcock, son of Charles and Olivia G. (Cowell), b. 
Sept, 29, 1850; A.B., Brown University, class of 1872; LL.B., 
Harvard, 1874; went abroad to study art, 1879; was a pupil of 
Mesdag; in 1882 he studied in Paris, "Atelier Julien," under Lefe- 
bre and Boulanger; first exhibited in oils. New York Academy of 
Design, 1884; in Paris, 1887, he met his first great success with 
his picture, "Tulip Culture." which received "honorable mention" 
at the Salon. He lives in Egmond am Zee, Holland ; has contrib- 
uted several illustrated articles to Scribner's and other journals; 
received the gold medal of the American Art Association in 1887: 
he exhibited "Tulip Culture" and "The Scarecrow" in Chicago,' 
1893; in 1897 the former picture was purchased for the Royal Gal- 
lery, Dresden. He ra. July, 1881, Henrietta Richardson; no 

3f. Amelia Swift Hitchcock, dau. of Charles and Olivia G. 
(Cowell), b. Aug. 7, 1852; m. June 24, 1884, Herbert Maynard, of 
Dr. John J. and Caroline. Ch.: ip. Herbert, b. April 18. 1S85. 
2p. Howell Hitchcock, b. Sept. 24, 1877; live in Dedham. Mass. 

ig. Isabelle Arnold, dau. of Asa and Sarah H. (Lippitt). b. July 
7, 1858 ; m. April 30. 1878. Johann Christian Graepel ; he was b. May 
10,1848, Hamburg. Germany. Ch. ; iq. Sarah Theresa, b. May 
17, 1879- 2q. Johann Julius, b. Oct. 12, 1882; d. Jan. 29, 1883. 
3q. Christian Adolph. b. April 9. 1885. 4q. Isabella Arnold, b. 
June 8, 1889. 5q. Marie Christel. b. Nov. 9, 1893; lives in Red 
Bank, N. J 

2h. Martha Walker Burrough dau. of Robert and Martha 
(Walker), b. Dec. 10, 1867; m. June 17, 1890, Edward Allen Swain. 
Res. Charles Field street. Providence, R. I. Ch. : ir. Leonard, 
b. March 18, i8gi. 2r. Robert Burrough. b. March 24, 1893. 3r. 
Charles Field, b. May 22, 1896. 

ij. James W. Reynolds, son of James P. and Juliet (Wilcox), b. 


Oct. i8, 1867; tn. Dec. 23, 1892, Marian Louise Dimmick. Ch. : 
IS. Lila Estelle, b. March 12, 1894. 

2j. Sarah K. Reynolds, dau. of James P. and Juliet (Wilcox), b. 
Oct. 18, 1869; m. Dec. 19. 1888, Oscar Butterfield. Ch. : it. Alvie 
Pearl, b. Oct. 11, 1893. 2t. Reynolds Hunt, b. May 9, 1898. 

Providence Records give marriage, Jan. 26, 1770. Providence 
Gazette gives marriage, Jan. 31, 1772. 

417. JOHN FIELD (John, Jeremiah, Joseph, Edward, William, John, John, 
William), b. Bradford, England. 1701; d. Jan. 21, 1772. Administration granted at 
York, Feb. 22, 1772. He m. Mary, only dau. of Joshua Eamonson, of Seacroft; 
marriage settlement dated 1733. She d. Feb. 5, 1750, in her forty-first year, and 
was buried at Bradford. Res. Bradford, England. 

844. i. MARY, eldest dau., d. Jan. 11, 1747, aged 16; buried at Bradford. 

845. ii. ANNE, b. Aug. 2, 1735; buried at Bradford, July 2, 1736. 

846. iii. JOHN, eldest son and heir apparent, bap. Aug. 25, 1738; d. unm. 

Dec. 16, 1758; buried at Bradford. 

847. iv. ANNE, b. Jan. 18, 1739; d. unm. at Bristol, May 31, 1760, and 

buried in St. Augustine's church there. 

848. V. SARAH, bap. Nov. 20, 1741; d. unm. Oct. 29, 1758; buried at 


849. vi. JOSHUA, of Heaton, youngest son, bap. at Bradford, Dec. 31, 

1742; m. Mary Wilmer. 

424. WILLIAM FIELDE (Samuel, William, William, Edward, Edward, Chris- 
topher, John, Christopher, John, Richard, Thomas, Adam, Richard, Roger), b. 

London, England; m. Elizabeth . In the Wakefield registers are recorded the 

following baptisms of children of William: 

1656. July I, William, son of William Field, woolen draper, and Elizabeth, St. 
Paul's churchyard, b. June 30. 

1656-57. March 20, Elizabeth, dau. of same, b. 19th. 
1657-58. March 4, Daniel, son of same, b. Feb. 25. 
1659. Oct. 15, Nathaniel, son of same, b. nth. 
1661. July 2, Elizabeth, dau. of same, b. June 28. 

Under the head of burials are the following: 

1657. April 7, Elizabeth, dau. William Feild, woolen draper, and Elizabeth, St. 
Paul's churchyard. 

1657. May 4, Mrs. Feild, out of St. John's chancel. 

1661. July 22, Nathaniel and Elizabeth, son and dau. of William and Eliza- 
beth Feild. 

1664. April 7, Samuel, son of same. 

Probably the parish registers of Wakefield, which begin in 161 3, and those of 
Crofton, which date from 161 7, may affcrd additional information of the Fields re- 
siding in these localities after the dates named. Those of Sandal do not commence 
till 1652. The writer would mention, before completing his account of the different 
members of the family, formerly living in these three parishes, that an old house 
on the south side of the street at Crofton has on it the arms of the Fields of Wake- 
field Manor, viz., a chevron, between three garbs. Doubtless this dwelling was the 
abode of one of the family, and was probably built by him. Res. London, 

850. i. WILLIAM, b. June 30, 1656. 

851. ii. ELIZABETH, b. March 19, 1657; d. April 7, 1657. 

852. iii. DANIEL, b. Feb. 25, 1658. 









S53. iv. NATHANIEL, b. Oct. 11, 1659; buried July 22, 1661. 

854. V. ELIZABETH, b. June 28, 1661 ; buried July 22, 1661. 

855. vi. SAMUEL, b. ; buried April 7, 1664. 

426. ELNATHAN FIELD (Robert, Elnathan, Robert, Robert, William, Wil- 
liam, John, John. William), b. Newtown, L. I.; m. Mary Willet. Elnathan Field 
was named in his father's will and in that of his great-aunt, Phoebe Field, 1742. 
He emigrated to Middletown, N. Y., in 1760, and purchased lands there in 1762. 
which are still in the possession of the Field family. He was a Quaker. Res. 
Newtown. L. I., and Middletown. N. Y. 

THOMAS, b. Jan. 18. 1760; m. Rebekah Shepherd. 

ELNATHAN. b. ; m. . 

ELIANA, b. . 

MARY, b. . 

427. ROBERT FIELD (Robert, Benjamin, Robert, Robert, William, Christo- 
pher, John, Christopher, John), b. May 9. 1723, White Hill, N. J.; m. there Mary 
Peale, dau. of Oswald and Lydia. Robert Field was the son of Robert Field and 
Mary Taylor. He was b. May 9, 1723. He lived at "White Hill," on the Delaware 
river, in the county of Burlington, N. J., a plantation which had been in possession 
of the family from their first settlement in the State. In 1774 he was chairman of 
a public meeting of Burlington county, which sent delegates to the State convention 
held in New Brunswick in that year, to devise means to resist British oppression, 
and favored both a provincial and a continental congress. He m. Mary, dau. of 
Oswald and Lydia Peale. He d. Jan. 29. 1775. His death has always been involv- 
ed in mystery. He was going down to Philadelphia from his home at White HilL 
on a sloop, Jan. 29, 1775. He left the sloop for a few hours during a calm, and went 
on shore to call on a pioneer; when the wind arose at twelve o'clock at night, the 
captain sent a rowboat for him attended by one man. When the boat reached the 
sloop he was missing, and was never heard from again, although every effort was 
made to recover his body. He was distinguished for the respectability of his char- 
acter and fortune, and as one of the earliest asserters of the rights and liberties of 
his country. He d. Jan. 29, 1775; res. White Hill, Burlington county, N. J. 

860. i. ROBERT, b. April 5, 1775 (posthumous) ; m. Abigail Stockton. 

861. ii. LYDIA, b. Oct. 10, 1766; m. Adam Hubly. 

862. iii. MARY, b. Oct. 10, 1766; m. Richard Stockton. He was son of 

Richard Stockton, the signer of the Declaration of Independence, 
and Annie Boudinot, and one of a family of eight children. 

Richard Stockton was b. near Princeton, N. J., April 17, 1764; 
d. there March 7, 1828; was graduated at Princeton in 1779; stud- 
ied law in Newark with Elias Boudinot ; was admitted to the bar 
in 1784, and began to practise in his native place. He was a pres- 
idential elector in 1792 and 1796; was chosen to the United States 
Senate as a Federalist for the unexpired term of Frederick Fre- 
linghuysen resigned, serving from Dec. 6 of that year till March 
3, 1799, when he declined to be a candidate for re-election. He 
served in the lower house of Congress in 1813-15, and again declin- 
ed further candidacy. During his service in the House of Repre- 
sentatives he had a debate with Chas. J. IngersoU, of Philadel- 
phia, on free trade and sailors' rights. In 1825 he was appointed 
one of the commissioners on the part of New Jersey to settle a 
territorial dispute with New York, and he was the author of the 
able argument that is appended to the report of the New Jersey 


commissioners. Mr. Stockton possessed profound legal knowledge 
and much eloquence as an advocate, and for more than a quarter 
of a century held the highest rank at the bar of his native state. 
He received the degree of LL.D. from Queen's (now Rutgers) Col- 
lege in 1815, and from Union in 1816. He was often called "the 
Duke." His son, Robert Field Stockton, was b. in Princeton, 
N. J., Aug. 20, 1795; d. there Oct. 7, 1866; studied at Princeton 
College, but before completing his course, he entered the United 
States navy as a midshipman, Sept. i, 1811. He joined the frigate 
"President" at Newport, Feb. 14, 1812, and made several cruises 
in that ship with Commodore Rodgers, with whom he went as aide 
to the "Guerriere" at Philadelphia; but as the ship was unable to 
go to sea, Rodgers took his crew to assist in defending Baltimore. 
Before the arrival of the British, Stockton went to Washington and 
became the aide of the secretary of the navy, after which he re- 
sumed his post with Commodore Rodgers, and took part in the 
operations at Alexandria. He then went with Rodgers to Balti- 
more and had command of 300 sailors in the defence of that city 
against the British army. He was highly commended, and pro- 
moted to lieutenant Sept. 9, 1814. On May 18, 1815, he sailed in 
the "Guerriere," Decatur's flagship, for the Mediterranean after 
the declaration of war with Algiers, but he was transferred soon 
afterward to the schooner "Spitfire" as first lieutenant, m which 
vessel he participated in the capture of the Algerine frigate 
"Mahouda," and led the boarders at the capture of the Algerine 
brig " Esledio" in June, 1815. In February, 1816, he joined the 
ship-of-the-line "Washington," and made another cruise in the 
Mediterranean, in the course of which he was transferred to the 
ship "Erie," of which he soon became executive officer. The 
American officers very often had disputes with British officers, and 
frequent duels took place. At one time in Gibraltar, Stockton had 
accepted challenges to fight all the captains of the British regi- 
ment in the garrison, and several meetings took place. In one 
case after wounding his adversary, he escaped arrest by knocking 
one of the guards from his horse, which he seized and rode to his 
boat. Stockton came home in command of the "Erie" in 1821. 
Shortly after his return the American Colonization Society obtam- 
ed his services to command the schooner "Alligator" for the pur- 
pose of founding a colony on the west coast of Africa. He sailed 
in the autumn of 1821, and after skilful diplomatic conferences ob- 
tained a concession of a tract of territory near Cape Mesurado, 
which has since become the Republic of Liberia. In November, 
1821, the Portuguese letter of marque "Mariana Flora" fired on 
the "Alligator," which she mistook for a pirate. After an engage- 
ment of twenty minutes the Portuguese vessel was taken and the 
capture was declared legal though the prize was returned by 
courtesy to Portugal. On a subsequent cruise in the "Alligator" 
he captured the French slaver "Jenue Eugenie," by which action 
the right to seize slavers under a foreign flag was first established 
as legal. He also captured several piratical vessels in the West 
Indies. From 1826 until December, 1838, he was on leave, and 
resided at Princeton, N. J. He organized the New Jersey Col- 


See page 250. 


onization Society, became interested in the turf, and imported 
fom England some of the finest stock of blooded horses. He also 
took an active part in politics, and became interested in the Dela- 
ware and Raritan canal, for which he obtained the charter that 
had originally been given to a New York company, and vigorously 
prosecuted the work. His whole fortune and that of his family 
were invested in the enterprise, which was completed, notwith- 
standing the opposition of railroads and a financial crisis by which 
he was obliged to go to Europe to negotiate a loan. He retained 
his interest in this canal during his life, and the work stands as an 
enduring monument to his energy and enterprise. In December, 
1838, he sailed with Commodore Isaac Hall in the flagship "Ohio" 
as fleet captain of the Mediterranean squadron, being promoted to 
captain on Dec. 8. He returned in the latter part of 1839, and 
took part in the presidential canvass of 1S40 in favor of Gen. Wil- 
liam Henry Harrison. After John Tyler became president, Stock- 
ton was ofltered a seat in the cabinet as Sec. of the Navy, which he 
declined. The U. S steamer "Princeton" was built under his super- 
vision at Philadelphia early in 1844. He was appointed to command 
the ship, and brought her to Washington for the inspection of offi- 
cials and members of Congress. On a trial trip down the Potomac 
river, when the President, Cabinet and a distinguished company 
were on board, one of the large guns burst and killed the Secretary 
of State, Secretary of the Navy, the President's father-in-law, and 
several of the crew, while a great many were seriously injured. 
A naval court of inquiry entirely exonerated Captain Stockton. 
Shortly after this event he sailed in the "Princeton" as bearer of . 
the annexation resolutions to the government of Texas. In 
October, 1845, he went in the "Congress" from Norfolk to serve as 
commander-in-chief of the Pacific squadron, on the eve of the Mexi- 
can war. He sailed around Cape Horn to the Sandwich Islands, 
and thence to Monterey, where he found the squadron in posses- 
sion under Commodore John D. Sloat. whom Stockton relieved. 
News of the war had been received by the squadron before his 
arrival, and Monterey and San Francisco were captured. Stock- 
ton assumed command of all American forces on the coast by 
proclamation, July 23, 1846. He organized a battalion of Ameri- 
cans in California and naval brigades from the erf ws of the ships. 
Col. John C. Fremont also co-operated with him. He sent Fre- 
mont in the "Cyane" to San Diego, while he landed at Santa Bar- 
bara and marched thirty miles with the naval brigade to the Mex- 
ican capital of California, the city of Los Angeles, of which he 
took possession on Aug. 13. He then organized a civil government 
for the State, and appointed Col. Fremont governor. Rumors of a 
rising of the Indians compelled him to return to the north in Sep- 
tember. The force that he left at Los Angeles was besieged by 
the Mexicans in his absence, and Stockton was obliged to sail to 
San Diego. He landed at that place, drove out the enemy, and 
sent a force to the rescue of Gen. Stephen W. Kearny, who had 
been defeated by the Mexicans on the way to San Diego. Gen. 
Kearny, with sixty dragoons, then served under Stockton's orders, 
and the force .proceeded to Los Angeles, 150 miles distant. An 


engagement took place at San Gabriel on Jan. 8, 1847, followed by 
the battle of La Mesa the next day, in which the Mexicans were 
routed. Col. Fremont had raised an additional force of Califor- 
nians, by which the force under Stockton amounted to more than 
1,000 men. Negotiations were opened with the Mexican governor, 
and the entire province of California was ceded to the United 
States and evacuated by the Mexican authorities. The treaty with 
Mexico was subsequently confirmed. Gen. Kearny raised a dispute 
with Stockton for his assumption of command over military forces, 
but Stockton's course was sustained by virtue of his conquest. On 
Jan. 17, 1847, he returned to San Diego, and then sailed to 
Monterey, where he was relieved by Commodore Wm. B. Shu- 
brick. Stockton returned home overland during the summer. 
He was the recipient of honors by all parties, and the legislature 
of New Jersey gave him a vote ot thanks and a reception. The 
people of California, in recognition of his services, named for him 
the city of Stockton, and also one of the principal streets of San 
Francisco. On May 28, 1850, he resigned from the navy in order 
to settle his father-in-law's estate in South Carolina and attend to 
his private interests. He continued to take part in politics, was 
elected to the United States senate, and took his seat Dec. i, 1851, 
but resigned Jan. 10, 1S53, ^^^ retired to private life. During his 
brief service in the Senate he introduced and advocated the bill 
by which flogging was abolished in the navy. He also urged 
measures for coast defence. After he resigned from the Senate 
he devoted himself to the development of the Delaware and Rar- 
itan canal, of which he was president until his death. He contin- 
ued to take an interest in politics, became an ardent supporter of 
the "American" party, and was a delegate to the peace congress 
that met in Washington, Feb. 13, 1861. (See his "Life and 
Speeches," New York, 1856.) 

He m. Harriet Maria Potter, and d. at Princeton, N. J., in 1866. 
His wife d. there in 1862. 

In December, 1S99, the United States Government built a tor- 
pedo boat at Richmond, Va., and it was named Stockton, in honor 
of the Commodore. The Stockton is a sister ship of the Shubrick, 
and is of the following dimensions: Length, 175 feet; beam, 17 
feet; graft, 4 feet 8 inches; displacement on trial, 165 tons; speed 
expected on trial, 26 knots; diameter of H. P. Engine cylinder, 14 
inches; diameter of I. P. Engine cylinder, 22 inches; diameter 
each L. P. Engine cylinder, 25X inches; stroke of engine, 18 
inches; grate area of boiler, 136 8 square feet; heating surface of 
boiler, 7,548 square feet; indicated horse-power, 3,000; number 
revolutions of engine, 350; boiler pressure, 250 pounds square 
inch. The Stockton is to have twin screws, vertical engines, 
placed in separate water-tight compartments each with a con- 
denser and bunker capacity for at least forty tons of coal. It will 
be lighted throughout with electricity and furnished with one 
searchlight of an approved pattern. It is to have two conning 
towers, the forward one to be of one-half inch nickel steel plates. 
The battery will be composed of three rapid-fire guns and 
mounts, weighing about two tons with three and a half tons of 


ammunition. There will be mounted on deck in approved posi- 
tions three 15-foot torpedo tubes with torpedoes and storage space 
below for two additional torpedoes and five war heads. All 
ordnance weights will amount in total to about thirteen tons. 
Berthing space will be provided for a crew of twenty-six men and 
three officers, and provision space for twenty days. 

John Potter Stockton was son of Robert Field Stockton, and 
was b. in Princeton, N. J., Aug. 2, 1826; was graduated at Prince- 
ton in 1843 ; studied law ; was licensed to practise as an attorney in 
1847, and came to the bar in 1850. He was appointed by the leg- 
islature a commissioner to revise and simplify the proceedings and 
practise in the courts of law of the State, and was for several years 
afterward reporter to the court of chancery. In 1857 he was ap- 
pointed United States minister to Rome, but in 1861 he was recall- 
ed at his own request. In 1865 he was chosen United States sen- 
ator from New Jersey by a plurality vote of the legislature, a res- 
olution changing the number necessary to elect from a majority to 
a plurality having been passed by the joint convention that elected 
him. On this ground, after he had taken his seat in the Senate, 
several members of the legislature sent to the Senate a protest 
against his retaining it. The committee on the judiciary unani- 
mously reported in favor of the validity of his election, and their 
report was accepted by a vote of 22 to 21, Mr. Stockton voting in 
the affirmative. His vote was objected to by Charles Sumner, and 
on the following day, March 27, 1866, he withdrew it and was 
unseated by a vote of 23 to 21, He then devoted himself to the 
practice of his profession, but in 1869 was re-elected to the Senate, 
and served one term till 1875. "While in that body he advocated the 
establishment of life-saving stations on the coast, and procured on 
the appropriation bills the first provision for their maintenance. 
He served on the committees on foreign affairs, the navy, appro- 
priations, patents, and public buildings and grounds, and took 
part in the debate on reconstruction, and in the discussion of 
questions of international law. In 1877 he was appointed attorney 
general of New Jersey, and he was chosen again in 1882 and 1S87. 
In this office he has sustained by exhaustive arguments the sys- 
tem of railroad taxation, reversing in the court of errors the de- 
cisions of the supreme court against the State. Mr. Stockton had 
been a delegate-at-large to all the democratic national conventions 
since that of 1864, where, as chairman of the New Jersey delega- 
tion, he nominated Gen. Geo, H. McClellan for the presidency. 
He was also a delegate to the Unionists convention at Philadel- 
phia in 1866. Princeton gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1882. 
He has published "Equity Reports," being the decisions of the 
courts of chancery and appeals (three volumes, Trenton, 1856-60). 
He d. in New York city in January, 1900. 

Another son of Robert Field Stockton was Richard ; m. April 
23, 185 1, Caroline Bayard Dod, b. December, 1832, dau. of Prof. 
Albert Baldwin Dod, d. 1859. He m. again and d. in 1876. Rich- 
ard Stockton was b. at Morven, Princeton, N. J., Jan. 2, 1824. He 
graduated from Princeton University in the class of '49, taking the 
degree of A.B. In the year '52 he took the degree ot A.M. He 


studied law in the oiiice of his cousin, Judge Robert Field, and was 
admitted to the bar of New Jersey a few years later. He was 
treasurer of the Camden and Ambay railroad for many years* 
After his father. Commodore Stockton's, death, he was the only 
one of his children to live in Princeton. Trinity Church, of which 
he was a member, speaks of him in the parish record as follows: 
"Mr. Richard Stockton continued to reside in Princeton until his 
death, which occurred on April 5, 1876. An inheritor of the 
knightly traits of his ancestors, he died lamented by our whole 
community." Ch. : i. Caroline Bayard Stockton, d. 1895. 2. 
Mary Stockton, m. 1880, Rev. Arthur B, Conger, of Rosemont, Pa. ; 
d. 1897. 3. Bayard Stockton, b. Princeton; m. May 19, 1881, 
Charlotte Julia Shields; d. Jan. 13, 1891. He was a lawyer ; res. 
Princeton, N. J. Ch. : (a) Bayard Stockton, Jr., b, 1884, at Spring- 
dale, (b) Richard Stockton (the tenth in direct male line), b. 1885, 
Morven, Princeton, N. J. Bayard Stockton was b. at Springdale, 
Princeton, N. J., June 22, 1853. He was prepared for Princeton 
University by private tutors, and graduated in the class of '72. 
He studied law in the Columbia Law School, New York, and was 
admitted to the bar. For ten years he was prosecutor of the pleas 
for Mercer county, N. J. He m., ist. May 19, 1881, Charlotte 
Julia, dau. of Prof. Charles W. Shields, D.D., LL.D., of Princeton 
University, and Charlotte Elizabeth Bain. 

Special Dispatch to the Chicago Inter Ocean. — Princeton, N. J., 
Dec. 25, 1899. — Colonel S. W. Stockton, 67 years old, dropped dead 
of heart disease this afternoon at his home in Stockton street. Five 
days ago he received news of the death of his son, Charles Stock- 
ton, a civil engineer with the Nicaragua Canal Company. Since 
then he had been ill, and it is believed worry hastened his death. 
Colonel Stockton was a descendant of Richard Stockton, a signer 
of the Declaration of Independence. He was one of the largest 
land owners in Princeton. His estate includes the land on which 
the battle of Princeton was tought. He is survived by Mrs. Stock- 
ton, three daughters, and one son, Samuel Stockton, Jr., who was 
one of the rough riders at San Juan Hill. 


[By Marion Harland (Mrs. Mary V. Terhune).] 
"The History of Princeton, by John Frelinghuysen Hageman," 
Counsellor-at-Law, Princeton, N. J., diverges from the dusty road 
of historical and statistical details to give us a passage which is 
poetical in spirit and graceful in wording; 

"The long row ot large, though knotted and gnarled, catalpas, 
still in vigorous life, along the whole front of Morven, on Stockton 
street, having survived the less ancient pines which alternated 
them, were planted by him" (Richard (IV.) Stockton). "This 
row of catalpas in front of Morven can only be viewed as a sacred 
memorial to the signer of the Declaration. The Fourth of July is 
the great day in Mr. Stockton's calendar, as it is in that of our 
country, and these catalpas, with the undeviating certainty of the 
seasons, put on their pure white blooming costume, every Fourth 
of July. For this reason, they have been called, very fitly in this 


country, the 'Independence Tree.' For one hundred years (this in 
1S76) have these trees pronounced the annual panegyric upon the 
memory of the man who planted them." 

Richard (V.) Stockton, surnamed by college mates and towns- 
men "the Duke," while lacking his father's unfailing courtesy of 
mien and affability to lofty and low, won and held the respect of 
his fellow citizens. "He was a gentleman of a lofty sense of honor 
and the sternest integrity," testifies an eminent lawyer who stud- 
ied his profession in Mr. Stockton's office. "He had a great 
abhorrence of everything mean and unworthy." 

From the same authority, Mr. Samuel J. Bayard, of Princeton, 
we have a characteristic anecdote of "the Duke." When Lafay- 
ette made the tour of America in 1324-26, the master of Morven 
was appointed by the committee of reception to act as their mouth- 
piece in welcoming the distinguished visitor to Princeton. Mr. 
Bayard writes: 

"In the morning of the day on which Lafayette was to arrive, 
the council assembled to hear Mr. Stockton read his address. He 
commenced by saying 'Monsieur le Marquis de la Fayette.' After 
he concluded, I suggested timidly that Lafayette had renounced 
his title in the National Assembly and that he would prefer in this 
country to be called 'General.' Mr. Stockton sternly said, 'Once 
a marquis, always a marquis. I shall address him by what was 
his title before the infamous French revolution.' And he did so 
address him." 

Mr. Stockton was elected twice to Congress, once to the Senate, 
and once to the House, and stood for a quarter century in the 
front rank of American jurists. He d. at Morven in 182S. 

His eldest son Richard (VI.) who should have come after him in 
the proprietorship of the now ancient homestead, removed to 
Mississippi before his father's death, and continued there the prac- 
tice of law he had begun with flattering promise of success in New 
Jersey. He was attorney general of his adopted State when he 
was killed in a duel with a brother judge. 

Morven, with two hundred and seventy acres of surrounding 
land, together with fifteen thousand acres in North Carolma and 
other tracts in New Jersey and elsewhere, composed the fortune 
Robert Field Stockton, "the Duke's" second son, found waiting 
for him when called to take the place left vacant by his father's 

He had entered Princeton College in the thirteenth year of his 
age. Mr. Hageman relates that "in his boyhood he was charac- 
terized for his personal courage, a high sense of honor, a hatred 
of injustice with unbounded generosity, and a devoted attachment 
to his friends." Added to these were ambitions that seemed 
audacious in a boy, and a thirst for adventure rarely developed in 
American youths born to "expectations." These aspirations 
begat such restlessness in the high-spirited boy that he left col- 
lege before the time for graduation, and entered the navy, a serv- 
ice then mightily stimulated by the prospect of another war with 
Great Britain. Robert Field Stockton received his midshipman's 
commission in 1811, and was sent on board the frigate "President," 


then preparing for a patrol cruise along the coast threatened by- 
British vessels. In the war of 1812, his dauntless courage and 
keen delight in the excitement and danger of battle earned for 
him the nickname of "Fighting Bob," a title that stayed by him 
all his life. 

Ten years, crowded with perils and happenings, elapsed before 
he was again at Morven. His parents were living, and had, be- 
sides himself, seven other children. The young falcon had tried 
his wings and knew their strength and the joys of flight. At 
twenty-eight he had fought under Decatur at Algiers, cruised and 
explored and battled under Bainbridge, Rodgers and Chauncey, 
and risen to the rank of lieutenant. Philanthropy entered into the 
next project that fired his ardent young soul. In 1821 he sailed 
for the coast of Africa, commanding officer of a new vessel, and, 
as actuary of the American Colonization Society, commissioned to 
select a location for the colony of liberated negroes they purposed 
to establish near the British settlement of Sierra Leone. The his- 
tory of the expedition belittles, in stirring incident, hairbreadth 
escapes, and daring enterprise, the most improbable of Steven- 
son's, Hope's and Weyman's fictions. 

After his party of three white men and an interpreter had forced 
their way through morass, jungle and forest to the village of the 
African chief, "King Peter," they were confronted by a horde of 
murderous savages, infuriated by the rumor that the object of the 
strangers' visit was to convict the tribe of supplying slavers with 
prisoners taken in internecine warfare, and women and children 
stolen from their enemies' villages. I extract from Hageman's 
History a partial account of the scene given by Dr. Ayres, an eye- 

"Stockton instantly, with his clear, ringing tone of voice, com- 
manded silence. The multitude was hushed as if a thunderbolt 
had fallen among them, and every eye was turned upon the 
speaker. Deliberately drawing a pistol from his breast and cock- 
ing it, he gave it to Dr. Ayres, saying, while he pointed to the 
mulatto- 'Shoot that villain if he opens his lips again!' Then, 
with the same deliberation, drawing another pistol and leveling it 
at the head of Kmg Peter, and directing him to be silent until he 
heard what was to be said, he proceeded to explain the true object 
of his refusal to execute it, threatening the worst punishment of 
an angry God if he should fail to perform his agreement. 

"During this harangue, delivered through an interpreter, the 
whole throng, horror-struck with the danger of their king and 
awed by the majesty of an ascendant mind, sunk gradually, cow- 
ering prostrate to the ground. If they had believed Stockton to 
be an immediate messenger from heaven they could not have 
quailed and shrunk and humbled themselves to more humiliating 
postures. Like true savages, the transition in their minds from 
feroci'.y to abject cowardice was sudden and involuntary. King 
Peter was quite as much overcome with fear as any of the crowd, 
and Stockton, as he perceived the effect of his own intrepidity, 
pressed the yielding mood only with more sternness and vehe- 


The territory purchased for the American Colonization Society 
by Lieutenant Stockton is now the Republic of Liberia. 

As the determined opponent of the slave trade, he chased and 
captured a number of slave-ships sailing under false colors; feret- 
ted out more than one nest ot pirates, and dragged the offenders 
to justice. He had crowded the events and perils of a lifetime 
into his thirty-one years of mortal existence when he seemed con- 
tent to settle down to the peaceful pursuits of a country gentleman 
in the home and town his forefathers had founded. For sixteen 
years he had never asked for a furlough, and now, while holding 
himself in readiness to respond to the recall to active service, he 
engaged with characteristic energy in the duties that lay nearest 
his hand. He was the president of the Colonization Society; the 
importer of blooded racers from England ; the eloquent supporter 
of Andrew Jackson's claims to the presidential chair; the largest 
shareholder and most active promoter of the Delaware and Rar- 
itan Canal Company, making a voyage to England to effect a loan 
in behalf of the scheme. 

Jackson's advocate was not Van Buren's. Captain Stockton 
"stumped" New Jersey for "Tippecanoe and Tyler too," in 1840, 
and, when Harrison's death made John Tyler president, was 
offered and declined the secretaryship of the navy. "Fighting 
Bob's" tastes did not lie in the direction of state desks, portfolios 
and audiences of office-seekers. 

One of the great honors and the great catastrophe of his event- 
ful life came to him Feb. 28, 1844. At his earnest request the 
Navy Department authorized him to construct the first steamship- 
of-war ever successfully launched. The marvel was named by 
her gratified inventor— The Princeton. The trial trip was made 
down the Potomac. The passengers were the President and Cab- 
inet, many members of Congress and distinguished residents of 
"Washington. The two great guns were fired amid wild enthusi- 
asm. They were still at table when some of the company were 
seized with a desire to have one of the big guns fired a second 
time. The captain objected, smilingly. "No more guns to- 
night!" he said, decidedly. 

The request was pressed by the Secretary of the Navy, and the 
captain fired the gun with his own hand. A terrific explosion en- 
sued. The iron monster had burst, and five of the guests, includ- 
ing the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Navy, were 
killed instantly. Although the court of inquiry absolved Captain 
Stockton from all blame, he carried the awful memory of the day 
all his life, and could never allude to it without profound emotion. 
We have not room for more than a hasty summary of other 
achievements ot this eminent scion of a noble race. He took pos- 
session of ^California for the United States, and formed a provis- 
ional government there in 1846, thus securing the jurisdiction for 
his nation before the close of the Mexican war. The first printing 
press and schoolhouse in Calitornia were his work. He resigned 
his command in the navy. May 28, 1850; was United States sena- 
tor from New Jersey, 1851-53: was the nominee of the "American 


Party" for the presidency in 1856, a ticket withdrawn, at his in- 
stance, before election day. 

In 1861, he wrote to Governor Olden "to consider the best means 
of preserving our own State from aggression. 

"You remember it is only the River Delaware that separates 
New Jersey from the Slave States. If you should see fit to call 
upon nie for any aid that I can render, it is freely rendered. This 
is no time to potter about past difierences of opinion, or to criti- 
cise the administration of public affairs. I shall hoist the Star- 
Spangled Banner at Morven, the former residence of one of the 
signers of the Declaration of Independence — that flag, which, 
when a boy, I nailed to the frigate 'President.' " 

Commodore Stockton drew his last breath where he had drawn 
his first— in Morven. He saw the July blossoming of the catalpas 
in 1866. Catalpas were in the sere, elms, chestnuts, and maples 
in the yellow leaf, when the keen eyes closed upon earthly change 
and glory. He d. Oct. 7, 1866, in his seventy-first year, "full of 
vigor and energy. No infirmity of body had given a premonition 
of his death," writes the historian. "His health had been pre- 
served by his abstemious habits of life and general care of him- 
self. ... He was impulsive, yet self-possessed, generous and 
noble, with a wonderful magnetism over men when he came into 
personal contact with them." 

In 1824, when twenty-nine years old, he married a South Caro- 
lina belle, jMiss Marie Potter, daughter of Mr. John Potter, then of 
Charleston, S. C, afterwards a prominent citizen of Princeton. 
Commodore Stockton survived his excellent wife for several years. 

Their sons were Richard (VII.), a lawyer of note, and treasurer 
of the Delaware and Raritan Company; John Potter Stockton, 
who became attorney-general of the State and an active and pop- 
ular United States senator; Gen. Robert Field Stockton, comp- 
troller of the State of New Jersey — all men of rare ability, and 
useful citizens of State and nation. Six daughters grew to wom- 
anhood—Mrs. F. D. Howell, Mrs. Admiral Howell, Mrs. W. R. 
Brown, Mrs. Hopkins, Mrs. W. A. Dod, and Miss Marie Stockton. 

Morven lapsed out of the straight line of succession at Commo- 
dore Stockton's death. It remained in the family until it was 
bought by Rev. Dr. Shields, of Princeton. His daughter, the 
wife of Bayard Stockton, Esq., a grandson of Commodore Stock- 
ton, is now the graceful mistress of the venerable mansion. The 
venerable homestead is therefore restored to the lineal succession 
of the founders. 

Front and back doors of the wide hall stood open to let in spring 
sunshine and airs when 1 visited Morven in the present year. A 
tall Japan apple-tree (pyrus floribunda) on one side of the porch 
flamed red and clear as the bush that burned on Horeb ; other 
clumps of flowering shrubber3% pink, white and yellow, lighted up 
the grounds, laid out one hundred and thirty years ago after the 
pattern of Mr. Pope's at Twickenham. Horse-chestnuts still stand 
in line to indicate the course of ancient avenues, and the rugged 
catalpas defiant of the centuries, mount guard upon the outskirts 
of the lawn. At the left of the entrance hall is the dining room, 


See page 260. 

See page 311. 

See page .316. 


where Washington and his generals — Lafayette and Rochambeau 
and Viscount de Chastellux — Cornwallis and his officers, grave and 
reverend seigniors from every land under the sun, and nearly 
every president of the United States, have broken bread and 
quaffed the generous vintage for which the Morven cellars have 
always been famous. 

A scarf wrought by the deft fingers of the present lady of the 
manor is thrown over a sideboard, and bears this legend: "Sons 
of Morven spread the feast, and send the night away in song." 

The drawing-room is across the hall, and we pass up the stair- 
■ case to the chamber where Cornwallis "lay" — in archaic phrase 
— during the four weeks in which Washington was making ready 
to dislodge him. The carved mantel in this room was in place 
then, and the logs blazed merrily below when the Delaware and 
Raritan were frozen over, and the deposed master of Morven was 
being done to his death in common jail and prison ship. 

The giant horse chestnut at the rear of the house sprang from 
a nut planted by one of the Pintard brothers when they were court- 
ing the sisters. Abigail and Susannah Stockton, more than a hun- 
dred and fifty years ago. The patriarch tree is eleven feet in 
girth, and upbears his crown far above the ridge-pole of the house 
it has shaded for seven generations of human life. Upon the 
circular platform at its root Commodore Stockton used to arrange 
dancing parties on moonlight nights, when the branches were 
heavy with blossoms and the summer air sweet with their odor. 

"And do not ghosts walk here?" I say incredulously, pausing 
for a long look at the portrait of "the Commodore" against the 
wall in the dining-room, his sword suspended under it. 

The hostess, so slight of figure, so girlish in the riante face and 
clear, youthful tones that — set in the storied spaces of the old 
colonial homestead — she reminds me of nothing so much as the 
poet's "violet by a mossy stone," makes laughing reply: 

"None! That is, none that trouble this generation." 
S63. iv. ROBERT, b. July 10, 1769; d. young. 

864. V. GRACE, b. Oct. 10, 1770; d. young. 

865. vi. SUSAN, b. April 20, 1772; d. young. 
366. vii. SAMUEL, b. July 14, 1773; d. young. 

428. BENJAMIN FIELD (Ambrose, Robert, Robert, William, William, 
John, John, William), b. Chesterfield, N. J., ; m. in 1734, Mary Barton. Ben- 
jamin Field was a well known citizen, and a man of respectability and education. 
In 1774 he was appointed to draw up memorials of several deceased friends and 
elders. Res. near Bordentown, N. J, H 

867. i. JOSEPH, b. ; m. Rebecca Shreve. 

S67>^. ii. AUSTIN, b. ; m. Mary . 

442. WILLIAM FIELD (Samuel, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, 
Christopher, John. Christopher, William), b. April 15, 1721. New York, N. Y. ; m., ist. 
May 20, 1750, Deborah Boyd, b. June 2, 1728; d. Aug. 31, 1762. She was dau. of 
Peter and Mercy (Coles). Mercy was dau. of Joseph Coles, of Mosquito Cove, L. I. 
m.. 2d, July II, 1764, Hannah Van Wyck. dau. of William and Martha, b. Jan. 9, 
1741. After Mr. Field's death, in 1792, she was m. to Oliver Hull, and d. in i8ii. 
Her will was as follows: 


Be it Remembered that on the 30th day of the 5th month 18 ri, that I Hannah 
Hull widow of Oliver Hull of New York, being in bodily health and sound mind 
and memory, do think fit to make and ordain this instrument of writing to be my 
last will & testament in manner following. 

First that my funeral charges and just debts be paid out of my estate by my 
Executors here after named. 

zdly. I give to my Daughter Catharine Underwood all my household goods 
and all my wearing apparel not here of too disposed of. 

Thirdly I give to my grandson Wm Field son of Wm Field and to my grand- 
Daughter Hannah Field Daughter of Stephen Field and unto my grandson Wm 
Field Son of Chas Field and unto Maria Field daughter of Peter Field Each of them 
$15, to be paid them out of my Estate by my Executors, and to my grandaughter 
Hannah Pierce daughter of John Pierce I give my feather bed, bedding and bed- 

4 th. And the residue of my estate not heretofore disposed of I give and 
bequethe in equal dividend unto my two Daughters Deborah Pierce and Catherine 
Underwood and in case of the death of my Daughter Deborah at any time before 
her oldest Child arrives at the age of 18 years then it is my will that her part 
of this legacy be equally divided between all her children. And so also in case of 
the death of my Daughter Catherine at any time before her eldest Child arrives at 
the age of 18 years then it is my will that her part of this above legacy be equally 
divided between all her children. And for the fuUfilment and true performance of 
this my last will and testament, I do nominate and appoint my son Wm Field and 
Son-in-law Samuel Titus and my trusty friend Joseph Underwood of Deruyter to 
be executors of this my last will and testament. Witness my hand and Seal the 
year first above written. Signed Sealed published and declared in the presence of 

Hannah Hull (Seal.) 

Stephen Cornell ^^ 

Anthony B. Haviland 

Benjamin Cornell Jr 

He d. Feb. 13, 1792. Res. New York, N. Y. 

MARY, b. July 30, 1751; d. Aug. 11, 1752. 

PETER, b. July 14, 1753; m. Phebe Doty. 

ELIZABETH, b. April 3, 1755; d. Aug. 10, 1756. 

MARY, b. Aug. 31, 1765; m. Aug. 28, 1783, Samuel Titus; d. April 

I. 1795- 
872. V. WILLIAM VAN WYCK, b. May 21, 1767; m. Mary Vail and 

Sibylla Akin. 
STEPHEN, b. Jan. 5, 1770; d. Oct. 2, 1771. 
JOHN VAN WYCK, b. March 4, 1772; d. Sept. 2, 1775. 
STEPHEN, b. Feb. 7, 1774; m- Molly Hunt and Phebe Whitman. 
JOHN VAN WYCK, b. Aug. 9, 1776. 
DEBORAH, b. Aug. 22, 1778; m. Feb. 8, 1797, John Pearce, son of 

William and Deborah Pauling. 
CHARLES, b. April 21, 1782; m. Martha Carpenter. 
GEORGE, b. May 6, 1786. 
CATHERINE, b. Feb. 12, 1789; m. Oct. 6, 1809, John Underwood. 

Res. New York City. She d. April 22, 1859. He was b. Oct. 16, 

1788; d. April II, 1851. 

443. COLONEL JOHN VAN WYCK FIELD (Samuel. Benjamin, Anthony, 
Robert, William, Christopher, John, Christopher, John), b. Nov. 13, 1729; m. 


























; m. 2d, Charity Coles. He was a colonel in the Revolutionary war and 

a very large land owner. His will was proved Sept. 8, 1794. He d. in 1794. Res. 
South East, N. Y. 

8S1. i. SAMUEL, b. ; unm. ; was lost at sea. 

S82. ii. PHEBE, b. ; m. Vail. 

883. iii. JOSEPH COLES, b. Aug. 22, 1768; m. Cornelia Bull. 

451. BENJAMIN FIELD (Anthony, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, 
William, John, John. William), b. Newtown, L. 1., 1732; m. Jerusha Sutton. He 
was co-executor of his father's will. He d. 1818. Res. Harrison Purchase, N. Y. 

452. JOHN FIELD (Anthony, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William. William, 
John, John, William), b. Westchester county. New York, 1731; m. Jamestown, R. 
I., June 8, 1763, Lydia Hazard, dau. of William, of Jamestown. She d. Jan. 15, 
1795. He was co-executor of his father's will. 

Their union is recorded in the Friends' register of Newport, R. I., as follows: 
"John Field of the purchase in the County of Westchester, in the province of New 
York, son of Anthony and Hannah Field and Lydia Hazard, daughter of William 
Hazard and Phoebe his wife of Jamestown rnarried 8th of 6th 1763 at the meeting 
house in Jamestown." John Field removed from Harrison to Yorktown, which is 
also in Westchester county, and lies a few miles back of Peekshill, and died there 
in 1815. 

The Hazard family of Rhode Island has been a numerous one, and it has 
always held a prominent position in that state. William Hazard, the father of 
Lydia Field, was son of Caleb Hazard and Abigail Gardner, great granddaughter 
of Joseph Gardner, one of the first settlers of Rhode Island. Caleb Hazard was 
son of George, grandson of Robert, and great grandson of Thomas Hazard, who 
was in Rhode Island about the time of its settlement by Roger Williams. This 
Thomas is supposed to be the person of that name who was admitted freeman at the 
Massachusetts general court. May 25, 1636, and his son Robert is said to have been 
four years old when they arrived in America, probably not long before this date. 
The ancestry of Thomas Hazard has not been satisfactorily traced, as far as the 
author knows. Some accounts say that he came from Wales ; but this statement 
does not seem to rest on any solid foundation, and the writer is disposed to think 
that he belonged to the family of Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire. It is also said that he 
was a shipbuilder, a branch of industry which flourished at the place named, at the 
time of his emigration. Unfortunately the parish registers of Lyme Regis contain 
but one entrj' between 1572 and 1649. The family of this town were descended 
from a John Hazard, or Hassard, lord ot the manor of Seaton in 1469; which place 
is about seven miles from Lyme. John Hazard, b. in 1531, was chosen seven times 
mayor ot Lyme, and was its representative in three parliaments. His son Robert, 
b. in 1582, was also returned member from Lyme in 1614 and 1620. William Hazard, 
the father of Lydia Field, married Phoebe, daughter of Capt. John Hull, who com- 
manded a ship usually trading between Newport. R. 1., and England. Sir Charles 
Wager was apprenticed to him when a lad, and an anecdote of these two will be 
found in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" of April, 1877. x 
Captain Hull married, m London, Alice Tiddeman, Aug. 23, 1684. He was the son 
of Tristam Hull, of Barnstable, Mass., and Blanche, his wife, and born in March, 
1654. Tristam's father was the Rev. Joseph Hull, who was born in 1595, matricu- 
lated at St. Mary's Hall, Oxford, May 22, 1612, and took his B. A. degree there 
Nov. 14, 1614. He was instituted to the rectory of North Leigh, Devon, April 4, 
1621, and resigned this living in 1632, probably from conscientious motives. He 
sailed from Weymouth for New England on March 20, 1635, with his wife Agnes, 
























seven children and three servants ; his third child, Tristam, being three years old 
at the time. The Rev. Joseph Hull is described in the passenger list of the vessel 
in which he embarked as of "Somersetshire." He was minister in two or three 
different places after his arrival in America, the last of which was the Isle of Shoals, 
Maine, where he died a poor man, on Nov. ig, 1665. Savage mentions, as a touch- 
ing circumstance, that, although the value of his whole estate was but £s2 5s. sd., 
' ';^io of it is put down for books." 

He d. in 1815. Res. Yorktown, N. Y. 

HAZARD, b. Nov. 11, 1765; m. Fanny Wright and Mary Bailey. 

JOHN, b. May 6, 1766; m. Fanny Perry. 

JOSIAH, b. ; d. unm., New York City, Feb. 27. 1806. 

DANIEL BIRDSALL, b. July 28, 1770; m. Elizabeth Field. 

SEAMAN, b. Feb. 2, 1794; m. Louise Marie Eliza Du Bourg de 
Ste. Colombe. 

ABIGAIL, b. ; d. infancy. 

JAMES, b. ; d. infancy. 

SARAH, b. Aug, 7, 1775; m. Caleb Horton, of Yorktown, N. Y. 

WILLIAM B., b. Dec. 2, 1777; m. Fairchild, 

MOSES, b. Oct. 4, 1779; m. Susan Kittredge Osgood. 

ABIGAIL, b. Jan. 16, 1782; d. March 11, 1808. 

PHOEBE, b. Jan. 16, 1784: m. Henry Fowler, of Yorktown. She 
d. 1862. Moses Field Fowler, Esq., was a son of Henry and 
Phebe (Field) Fowler; was born in Yorktown, Westchester 
county, N. Y., Oct. 2, 1819. His paternal grandfather was Jesse 
Fowler, who died in 1851, at the age of ninety-one, and who had 
lived in Yorktown, as several generations of the Fowler family 
had done before him. The emigrant ancestor came from York- 
shire, or Staffordshire. Moses Field was educated in the home 
schools, and at the North Salem Academ5% in Westchester county. 
In 1834, he entered the office of his uncle, Hickson W. Field, in 
Burling Ship, N. Y., and there received his training for the 
importing and commission business, in the line of manufacturers' 
drugs and chemicals. He went to Boston in the autumn of 1841, 
and established himself in India street, afterward removing to 
Central Wharf, as a commission merchant, and acting as agent 
for Peter Cooper, Daniel F. Tiemann and other well-known man- 
ufacturers. In 1854 he admitted his cousin, Edmund B. Fowler, 
to partnership, under the firm name of M. Field Fowler & Co. In 
1856 another cousin joined him, Maunsell B. Field, afterward as- 
sistant treasurer of the United States in New York, and during Mr. 
Lincoln's administration assistant secretary of the treasury. The 
firm was very enterprising, and did a large business, both at home 
and abroad. It suffered severely, however, after the disaster of 
1857, which tell upon the cotton and woolen manufacturers of 
New England, and in 1859 suspended payment. In i860 Mr. 
Fowler, with his nephew. Frank Field Fowler, formed the firm 
of Fowler & Co. The latter removed to New York in 1866 and 
he continued the business alone. Mr. Fowler's activity and pub- 
lic spirit manifested itself in various directions, but he deserves 
special remembrance as one of the projectors and builders of the 
Metropolitan horse railway. He was induced to undertake this 
work by a conversation with Mr. Abram S. Hewitt, who had just 


supplied the rails for the Sixth Avenue railway. New York, A 
charter, based upon a draft prepared by Sidney Bartlett and the 
city solicitor, Peleg W. Chandler, was granted by the legislature in 
1853; but so strong an opposition had developed itself in certain 
quarters, to the scheme of "the New York Conspirators" for the 
ruin of Boston after they had got her in their "iron embrace," 
as Rufus Choate said, that the petitioners were obliged to go to 
the State House in 1854, and obtain an amendment to their char- 
ter providing for taking up the rails where required by the alder- 
men to do so. We have not space here to follow Mr. Fowler and 
his associates through all the stages of this work, which after- 
ward proved so successful, but it is enough to say that they did 
not reap any adequate reward for their foresight and labor, and 
for the risks which they assumed. Mr. Fowler was at one time a 
director in the Mattapan Bank, Dorchester; he was a member of 
the school board of the city of Boston, and of the parish of St. 
Paul's Episcopal church. He was a director in the Boston Young 
Men's Christian Association, but he declined to be nominated to 
public office. His death took place in Boston, Nov. 15, iSSS. 
Mr. Fowler was twice married — in 1S45, to Mary Louisa, eldest 
daughter of James M. Blaney; she died in 1S68; in 1869, to Ella 
Lizette, daughter of John and Ann (Burrows) Gilbert, who sur- 
vived him, 

JERUSHA, b. March 14, 1786; d. Dec. 28, 1877. 

HICKSON WOOLMAN, b. Oct. 17, 1788; m. Eleanor De Forrest 
and Catherine Bradhurst. 

SAMUEL, b. ; d. infancy. 

JAMES, b. Jan. 15, 1795; d. May 22, 1795. 

453. WILLIAM FIELD (Anthony, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, 
William, John, John, William), b. Westchester county. New York; m. Mary Hat- 
field. He was named in his father's will. Res. New York. 

455- ANTHONY FIELD (Anthony, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, 
William, John, John, William), b. Westchester county. New York, about 1734; m. 
about 1755, Mary French. He was named in his father's will. Anthony and his 
•wife, Mary, went from White Plains, N. Y., to Ferrisburgh, Vt., at an early day. 
They took five boys and two girls with them. Res. White Plains, N. Y., and Fer- 
risburgh, Vt. 

900. i. ANTHONY, b. Oct. 24, 1755; m. Sarah Franklin. 

goi. ii. GILBERT, b. in 1760; m. Eleanor Morton. 

901 X lii. STEPHEN, b. ; m. Mary Washburn. 

90i>^. iv. BENJAMIN, b. about 1770; m. Polly Champlain and . 

901K. V. GEORGE, b. about 1758; m. . 

901%. vi. MARY, b. White Plains; n. f. k. ; prob. d. young. 

901?^. vii. ELIZABETH, b. White Plains; n. f. k. ; prob. d. young. 

456. SAMUEL FIELD (Anthony, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William. 
William, John, John, William), b. Westchester county. New York; m. Abigail 
Haight. He was named in his father's will. Res. New York. 

459. SOLOMON FIELD (Joseph, Benjamin, Anthony, ' Robert. William, 
Christopher, John, Christopher, John), b. Flushing, L. I.; in 173S; m. Oct. 7, 1758, 
Betty Vail (m. under the name of Elizabeth Vail). He 1815. Res. Dingle, N. Y. 











902. i. ISAAC, b. 1759; m. Deborah Lobdell. 

903. ii. THOMAS, b. ; m. Susan Angevine. 

904. iii. SARAH, b. April 19, 1761; m. Gilbert Bailey, son of Levi, oi: 

Somers, N. Y., b. Sept. 16, 1759; d. March 20, 1831. She d. Oct. 
10, 1836. Ch. : I. Jane; ra. near Croton Falls, N. Y., Isaac 
Hall, b. South East, N. Y. He d. 1840, in North Salem, N. Y., 
and she d. in 1857. Ch. : i. James Hall, b. 1817; d. March 20, 
186S. 2. Elizabeth Hall, b. 1822; m. Edmund Smith, and d. 
August, 1897, and left one son only, Edmund Smith, of Jolley, 
Iowa. (3) Susan Ann, b. Sept. 20, 1827; m. July 3, 1844, Elijah 
Field Fowler, b. Aug. 6, 1820; d. Feb. 27, 1898. Res. Brewster, 
N. Y. ; was a farmer. Ch. : (a) Carolyne Fowler, b. Jan. 9, 1848. 
Address, Brewster, N. Y. (b) George Bailey Fowler, b. April 
30. 1849; m. Dec. 14, 1880, Gertrude Pratt. Address, 757 Wash- 
ington St., Boston, Mass. (c) James Hall Fowler, b. March 27, 
1852; m. Feb. 14. 1877, Minnie Fleeman. Address, City Mills, 
Mass. (d) Clarence Fcwler, b. Sept. 2, 1856; d. Nov. 2, 1862. 
(e) Mary Amelia Fowler, b. July 28, i860; d. Sept. 11, 1862. (f) 
Jennie Bailey Fowler, b. Jan. 31, 1863; m. Jan. 26, 1887, Wash- 
ington P. Mabie. Address, Pawling, Dutchess county, N. Y. 
(g) Fannie Beatrice Fowler, b. Oct. i, 1S64; m. March 18, 1885, 
Le Grand Hughson; d. Oct. 17, 1SS6. Address, Brewster, N. Y. 

905. iv. STEPHEN, b. March 11, 1770; m. Betsey Brown. 

462. GILBERT FIELD (Joseph, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, 
Christopher, John, Christopher, John, William), b. Dingle, N. Y. ; m. March 17, 
1791, Hepsibeth Ryder, b. in 1761; d. June 15, 1831. She was dau. of John and 
Hepsibeth (Sprague), of South East. Hepsibeth was the dau. of John Ryder, who 
enlisted three times in the Revolutionary army. In 1777 in Waterbury's company 
of the Seventh Dutchess county regiment ot Levies, commanded by Col. Henry 
Ludington. In 1778 m Haight's company of the Third Westchester county regiment 
ot Levies, commanded by Col. Gilbert Drake, and finally, Sept. 7, 1778, for three 
years in the Fourth company of the Second regiment of the New York line of the 
Continental army, commanded by Col. Philip Cortlandt, receiving his discharge 
Jan. 12, 17S0. He was the only son and youngest child of John Ryder, and was b. 
in 1732, and early removed to Putnam, where he reared his family. His wife was 
Sarah Sprague. He leased various lands in South East, and after the death of his 
wife resided with his son, John, Jr., in Bovina, Delaware county. 

Gilbert was one of three brothers, Nehemiah and Comfort; who together, on 
account of their youthful looks and actions in old age, were tamiliarily called "The 
Three Old Boys." They accumulated considerable wealth, which eventually 
went to Gilbert's children. He was a prosperous farmer and highly esteemed 
and respected. 

He d. . Res. Dingle Ridge, N. Y. 

906. i. SAMUEL, b. Feb. 8, 1792; m. Charlotte Crane, Julia M. Sim and 

Amelia Sim. 

907. ii. POLLY, b. May 31, 1793; m. Moses Adams. She d. April 5, 1SS2, 

s. p. 

908. iii. ABIGAIL, b. Dec. 30, 1794; m. Sept. 16, 1815, Aaron Purdy Denton. 

Res. Dingle Ridge, N. Y. She d. March 29, 1865. He was b. 
Jan. 20, 1793 ; d. May 21, 1834. He was son of Solomon and Lydia 
(Husted), of Horseneck, Conn. Seven children. Ch. : i. Mary, 









b. 1818; m. Seth Abbott, of Pound Ridge, N. Y. ; three children. 
I. Charlotte A. 2. Joseph G. 3. Mary E., b. April i, 1850; m. 
Haleyon G. Ryder. 

909. iv. COMFORT, b. Jan. 16, 1799; m- Polly Crane. 

910. V. JOSEPH, b. Feb. 18, 1803 He was quite well off ; never married; 

was Colonel of the State militia, and erected an excellent house on 
the ancestral estate. He d. March 14, 1878. 

465. ELNATHAN FIELD (Joseph, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, 
Christopher, John, Christopher, John, William), b. Dingle Ridge, N. Y. ; m. Jane 
Palmer. Res. Danbury, Conn. 

JOSEPH, b. Jan. 30, 1779; m. Mary Randle. 

MOLLY, b. ; m. Samuel Cole. 

ELIAS, b. m. Sally , and had son Joseph. 

HEPSIBETH, b. ; m. Hendrick Weed, b. Jan. 31, 1791; d. 

Sept. 17, 1875. Res. South East, N. Y. 

915. V. BETSEY, b. ; m. Elisha Gage, b. 1776; d. June 6, 1834. Res. 

South East, N. Y. 

470. URIAH FIELD (Robert, Benjamin, Anthony, Robert, William, Christo- 
pher, John, Christopher, John, William), b. Flushing, L. I.; m. Jan. 18,' 1764, Mary 
Quimby. She was dau. of Aaron Quimby and Mrs. Elizabeth (Cornell) Palmer, and 
granddaughter of Josiah Quimby and Mary Mullenix. Aaron's wife was a dau. of 
Richard and Hannah Cornell. Uriah Field traveled yearly to Vermont from West- 
chester county. New York, his home. So punctual were his habits that he would 
make appointments along the road for his meals a year in advance, and hotel-keep- 
ers always knew to a day when he was coming. Res. Greenwich, Conn., and West- 
chester county, New York. 

479. BENJAMIN FIELD (Jeremiah, John, Anthony, Robert, William, Chris- 
toplier, John, Christopher, John, William), b. Bound Brook, N. J., Feb. 19, 1725; 
m. Dec. 5, 1750, Margaret De Groot, of Bound Brook, N. J. Benjamin Field 
and Margaret De Groot, his wife, lived in Middlesex county, near Bound Brook, 
N. J. He died and was buried in the old Field burying ground, on the banks of the 
Raritan river. His widow lived on the old place during the war of the Revolution, and 
must have been a brave patriotic woman, as out of her five sons four served 
in the war as private minutemen, viz: Jeremiah, John B., Michael— who was killed 
at the battle of Monmouth— and Benjamin, who was only 20 years old at the close 
of the war (p. 494, of History of Union and Middlesex counties in New Jersey, 
also Field Family Bible). Miss Margaret De Groot was a daughter of Jacob De 
Groot, a French emigrant, who built a house in Bound Brook, N. J., in 1700. He 
owned a large track of land, which was in possession of the De Groot family for 143 

in 1790. Res. Bound Brook, N. J., on the Michael B. Field place. 

MICHAEL, b. Aug. 30, 1758; was killed in the Revolutionary war 

in the battle of Monmouth, June 28, 1778. 
JOHN B., b. April 2, 1756; m. Phoebe Brokaw and Ann Terhune. 
JACOB, b. Oct. 15, 1751; d. Nov. 10, 1765. 

JEREMIAH, b. Nov. 15, 1753. He was in the Revolutionary war, 
serving with his brothers in the New Jersey militia, and was 
granted a pension for such service in 1833. He received $240 
back pay. 
920. V. JEAN, b. Jan. 7, 1761 ; d. Nov. 29, 1765. 


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921. vi. BENJAMIN, b. April 7, 1763. 

922. vii. JACOB, b. Feb. 6, 1767. 

923. viii. RICHARD, b. Oct, 17, 1770. 

480. RICHARD FIELD (Jeremiah, John, Anthony, Robert, William, Chris- 
topher, John. Christopher, John, William), b. Bound Brook, N. J., Oct. 31, 1726; m. 
Nov. 23, 1749, Elizabeth Smock, b. Jan. 28, 1728; d. Sept. 2, 1808 He had four sons 
in the Revolutionary war. He d. Sept. 21, 1800. Res. Bound Brook, N. J., on the 
John D. Field place. 

HENDRICK, b. Sept. 4, 1751; m. Hannah Lane. 

JEREMIAH, b. Nov. 17, 1753; m. Jane Tenerick or Ten Eyck. 

RICHARD, b. Dec. 5, 1755; m. Dinah Vermule. 

ANN, b. Dec. 11, 1757; m, Tenerick and Wortman. She 

d. Feb. II, 1830. 

JOHN, b. Jan. 2, 1760; d. in infancy. 

DENNIS, b. May 12, 1761; m. Mary Boice and Cynthia French. 

MARY, b. June 27, 1768; d. Feb. 28, 1789. 

490. THOMAS FIELD (Thomas, Thomas, Henry, John, John, John, Rich- 
ard. William, William, Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. Cockernhoe, 
Hertfordshire, England, Nov. 26, 1703; m. Jan. 11. 1728, M. Rudd. He d. Oct. 26, 
1759. Res. Cockernhoe, England. 

931. i. HENRY, b. April 16, 1733; m. N. Pearson. 

932. ii. ISAAC, b. April 18, 1735; m. E. Rudd. 

933. iii. OTHER children. 

492. DOCTOR JOHN FIELD (John, Thomas, Henry, John, John, John, 
Richard, William, William, Thomas, Thomas, John, Thomas, Roger), b. January, 
1719, Cockernhoe, England; m. Oct i, 1753, Anne Cromwell, great great grand- 
daughter of Oliver Cromwell, b. 1730; d. Aug. ig, 1797. Anne, only surviving 
daughter of Thomas Cromwell, of Bridgewater Square, by his first marriage, mar- 
ried in 1753, at Edmonton, John Field an apothecary, at that time ot Newgate 
street, but afterward of Stoke, Newington. There is reason to think that this was a 
union prompted by cordiality of religious sentiment, the Fields being of a Puritan 
stock, and Mr. Field himself attached to Stoke, Newington society. Mr. Field, 
whose medical practice was extensive, was the founder, in 1765, of the London 
Annuity Society, established for the benefit ot the widows of its members. This 
institution, now located at 3 Serjeants' Inn, possesses half-length portraits of 
himself and of his son, Henry, who succeeded him professionallj'. His living 
presence we are told was a familiar and grateful object to all the dwellers in and 
about Stoke, Newington, who believed his good nature to be inexhaustible, the 
capacious coach in which he performed the daily joume}- into town, being appar- 
ently at the service of the public, tor while his personal friends occupied the interior, 
some poor neighbor was generallj^ to be seen on the box. Mr. Field's intercourse was 
with their succeeding generation. His own ancestry derived from Cockernhoe, in 
Herts, where he was born in 17 19. His death occurred in 1796, the year before that 
of his wife. Their children are nine in number. 

He d. Aug. 26, 1796. At his death he was of Stoke Newington, Middlesex. 
Res, London, England. 

HENRY, b. Sept. 29, 1755; m. Esther Barrow. 

OLIVER, b. Dec. 6, 1761; m. Elizabeth Gittings. 

JOHN, b. Oct. I, 1764; m. Mary Pryer. 

WILLIAM, b. Jan. 10, 1768; m. Mary Wilkins. 

ANNE, eldest dau. of John Field and Anne Cromwell; b. 1756; d. 











1820; having m., in 1787, Thomas Gwinnel, of Worcester, mer- 
chant. Mr. Gwinnel, who d. in 181 8, aged sixty-eight, lett five 
children, namely: i. Thomas Cromwell, a solicitor at Worces- 
ter; d. 1835. 2. Anne Sophia, m. her cousin, Henry Cromwell 
Field. 3. Amelia, lived at Hastings with her cousin, Letitia 
Field. 4. Diana, m. Mr. Roberts, of Worcester. 5. Eliza, m. 
Patrick Johnston, of a firm of well known bankers in 
Fleet St. Their children are: i. Patrick, a solicitor. Both he 
and his wife died July, 1884, and were buried at Thames Ditton. 
2. Janet Eliza. 3. Henry Cromwell, in holy orders, subsequently 
of 163 Ladbroke Grove Road, and chaplain of Kensal Green 
cemetery; he d. 1892, aged fifty-seven. 4. Thomas, of Kingston- 

939. vi. LETITIA, second dau. of John Field and Anne Cromwell, became 

the second wife of Rev. William Wilkins, of Bourton-on-the- 
Water and had four ch. : i. William, who d. young. 2. Letitia; 
m. Wm. Kendall, of Bourton, solicitor, by whom she has 
children: Herbert, William, Amelia, Letitia, Edmund, Agnes, 
Harriett and Henry. 3. Henry Field, a solicitor at Chipping- 
Norton ; m. Miss Spence, of that place. 4. Harriett, m. George 
Tilsley, a solicitor at Chipping-Norton. 

940. vii. ELIZABETH, b. ; unm. ; d. Dec. 9, 1781, at Stoke, Newington, 

aged twenty-two; buried at Cheshunt. 

941. viii. SOPHIA, b. ; unm. 

942. ix. MARY, b. ; unm.; d. in 1840. Res. Worcester, Eng. 

502. BENJAMIN FIELD (Isaac, Thomas, Henry, John, John, John, Richard. 
William, William*), b. Cockemhoe, Hertfordshire, England, June 21, 1721; m. May 
21, 1746, Ann Undershell; d. Feb. 2, 1785. Res. in England. 

943. i. JOHN. b. July 6, 1748; m, G. Bennett. 

944. ii. ANN, b. Sept. 24, 1749; d. Nov. 22, 1749. 

945. iii. ISAAC, b. March 6, 1752; m. Oct. i, 1785, L. Blackbeard. He was 

connected with the Bank of England, and d. Sept. 27, 1835, leav- 
ing several children. 

503. JOHN FIELD (William, Thomas, Henry. John, John, John, Richard. 
William, William*), b. Cockemhoe, Hertfordshire, England, Jan. 16, 1727; m. April 
5, 1753. M. Robinson. He d. in 1764. Res. Cockemhoe, England. 

946. i. JOHANNA ELIZABETH, b. June 17, 1764; m. Heath. 

504. WILLIAM FIELD (William, Thomas, Henry, John, John, John, Rich- 
ard, William, William*), b. Cockemhoe, Hertfordshire, England, May 20, 1729; m. 
in 1764, A. Bailey. He d. Feb. 5, 1812. Res. Cockemhoe, England. 

947. i. WILLIAM, b. Nov. 16, 1767; m. M. Payne. 

948. ii. OTHER children. 

505. SAMUEL FIELD (Samuel, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. East Guilford, Conn., Jan. 17, 1737, where he d. Feb. 
12, 1812. He m. Oct. i, 1764, Submit, dau. of Jared Willard, of East Guilford, 
Conn., b. July i, 1739; d. Aug. 19. 1794. Res. East Guilford, Conn. 

949. i. BETHIA, b. May 10, 1765; d. unm., Feb. 10, 1835. 

950. ii. EDWARD, b. Nov. 2, 1766; m. Abigail Piatt and Nancy Bristol. 

•Other ancestors' names omitted. 












951 iii. SUBMIT, b. July 22, 1771; m., 1794, Roswell Stevens, of East Guil- 
ford. She d. July 29, 1828. 
KIRTLAND, b. Nov. 18, 1774; m. Abigail Brooks. 
JAMES, b. May 10, 1776; m. Sarah Stevens and Mrs. Lamphear. 
JULIUS, b. Aug. 8, 1778; m. Julia Buell. 
MARTIN, b. Jan. 9, 1781; m. Sarah Buell. 
SARAH, b. July 18, 1782; d. unm. Feb. 6, 1850. 

507. DANIEL FIELD (Samuel, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. East Guilford, Conn., Nov. 4, 1742; was a Revolu- 
tionary soldier. He m., 1765, Bethsheba . Res. East Guilford, Conn. 

957. i. JOHN, b. Jan. 19, 1766; m. . 

. .958. ii. DANIEL, b. about 1770; m. Rhoda Salisbury. 

959. iii. PLINEY, b. . 

508. JOAREB FIELD (Samuel, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. East Guilford, Conn., April 3, 1745; m., ist, Nov. 
4, 1767, Hannah Crampton, dau. of Demetrius, of East Guilford, b. May 27, 1747; 
d. April 23, 1780; m., 2d, 17S1, Mrs. Anna (Spinning) Betchley, dau. of Joseph, b. 
March 28, 1750; d. Jan. 26, 1829. He d. Dec. 11, 1836. Res. East Guilford, Conn., 
and Bergen, N. Y. 

960. i. HANNAH, b. May 27, 1768; m. Edward Crittenden; d. February, 

JOHN, b. Dec. 6, 1770; m. Ruth Munger. 
JOAREB, b. March 7, 1773; m. Phebe Wellman. 

ANNA, b. May 3, 1775; m. Miller. 

WICKHAM, b. Nov. 13, 1777; m. Mrs. Anna (Lee) Judd. She was 

b. Dec. 27, 1791; d. Oct. 4, 1869. 
NATHAN, b. April 18, 1780. 
LUE, b. April 6, 1782; m. Joseph Kelsey, of Clinton, Conn. Ch. : 

I. Mary Ann; m. Mr. Stanard; Res. Clinton. 2. William; m. ; 

Res. Clinton. 3. Joseph; m. ; Res. Clinton. 4. Clarissa; unm. 

967. viii. JOSHUA, b. Feb. 8, 1785; m. Lydia Towle, Betsey Heath, Maria 
Green and Delia A. Marsh. 

968. ix. ESTHER, b. Feb. 2, 1787, m. Justice Parish. Res. Clarkson, 
N. Y. Ch. : I. Hamilton; unm, 2. Sue; m. Frank Myers. Res. 
Clarkson. One son. Justice. 3. Henry; m. and res. Michigan. 
4. Emily; unm. 

969. X. HARVEY, b. Aug. 25, 1789; m. Mary Parker. He d. in 1855. 
Ch. : I. Ada, b. 1814; m. William Gordon. Res. Bergen, N. Y. ; 
no children. 2. Annie, b. 1816; m. George Mansfield. Ch. : 
(a) George ; (b) Sarah ; unm. ; address care Mrs. Jesse Dewey, 
Bergen, N. Y. ; (c) Mary. 3. Mary Ann, b. 1818; m. Daniel 
Arnold. Ch. : (a) Winfield. (b) Cassius. Res. Bergen, N. Y. 
4. Arden, b. 1820; m. Sarah Barrett, of Brockport, N. Y. Ch. : 

(a) Sarah, m. Horace Collins. Ch. : Ellen, John, and Herbert. 

(b) Herbert; unm. (c) Herman; m. Helen Franklin. 5. Lucy, 
b. 1822; m. Gurdou Richards, of Brockport, N. Y. Ch. : (a) 
Helen; m. M. R. Hammond. Ch. : i. Mary Hammond; m. 
Herbert Cary, Buffalo, N. Y. One child, named Howard. 2. 

Clay, b. Maro; m. ; Ch. ; i. Fred. 2. Harold, (c) Mary 

(d) Clinton. 6. Martha, b. 1825; m. Garret Van Sickle. Ch. : 
(a) Fayette; m. ; Ch. : i. Mary. 2. Frank, (b) Ada, m 














Frank Nicks, Ch. : i. Fred. Res. Bergen, N. Y. 7. Cynthia, 
b. 1827; m. Jesse Dewer. Res. Bergen, N. Y. 8. Joseph, b. 
1829; m. Clara Marcellus. 9. Elizabeth, b. 1831; m. George 
Brown. Ch. : (a) Will ; unm. (b) Eliza. Address, Brockport, 
N. Y. 10. Harriett, b. 1833; m. William Sherwood, of Hamilton, 

N. Y. Ch.: (a) William, ra. ; Ch. ; i. Helen. 2. Harriet. 

(b) Frances, m. Lester Bullard. (c) Alta, m. Mr. Gascogne. 
II. Delia, b. 1835; unm. 

970. xi. ANNA, b. June II, 1791; m. Melzer Turner. Ch. : i. Louisa. 2. 

William. 3. Mary. 

971. xii. SARAH, b. Aug. 11, 1793; unm. 

509. JOSHUA FIELD (Samuel, Ebenezer, Zechariah, John. John, Richard, 
William, William), b. in East Guilford, Conn., Feb. 20, 1750; d. Jan. 24, 1783. He 
m. March 30, 1774, Mrs. Submit, dau. of Zechariah and Ann (Seward) Field, and 
wid. of John T. Collins, b. March 29, 1752. She m., 3d, Russell Dowd, of East Guil- 
ford; m., 4th, Moore; d. 1846. Res. East Guilford, Conn. 

972. i. LYDIA, b. April 10, 1775. 

973. ii. MOLLY, b. March 13, 1777. 

974. iii. SYLVIA, b. Nov. 21, 1779; m. Amos Norton, of East Guilford; d. 

March 5, 1812. 

975. iv. LOVINA, b. Feb. 10, 1782. 

510. LUKE FIELD (Samuel, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. in East Guilford, Conn., Feb. 4, 1753; d. March 5, 
1826. He m. March 17, 1777, Patience Griswold, b. Jan. 21, 1759; d. Dec. 14, 1833. 
Field, Luke, East Guilford, Conn. Col. John Paterson's Fifteenth regiment; age 
twenty-six years; stature, five feet ten inches; complexion, light. — Massachusetts 
State-Revolutionary Records. Res. East Guilford, Conn. 

976. i. CHLOE, b. Sept. 29, 1780; m. June i, 1799, Samuel Kirkham; d. 

in 1856. 

977. ii. JOHNSON, b. July 20, 17S2; m. Polly Fowler. 

978. iii. BETSEY, b. Jan. 29, 1784; m. Oct. 11. 1805, John Hart; d. Jan. 15, 


979. iv. JEDEDIAH, b. April, 1786: m. Elizabeth Alexander, Sarah Osgood 

and Rebecca Bradley. 
AARON, b. Feb. 11, 1788; d. unm., Nov. 16, 1835. 
PATIENCE, b. May 20, 1790; m. ist, June 27, 1805, James Vail; m., 

2d, Ambrose Benton; d. Feb. 26, 1869. 
LUKE, b. May i, 1792; d. unm. 
JOEL, b. Jan. 23, 1796; settled in Philadelphia. 
SAMUEL, b. April 13, 1798; drowned Nov. ig, 1815. 

DAVID FIELD (David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. in East Guilford, Conn., July 31, 1728; was a Rev- 
olutionary soldier. He d. at his brother-in-law's, Neri Crampton, in Tinmouth, Vt., 
on his return from the army at Fort Ticonderoga, Nov. 25, 1778. He m. July 10, 
1755, Anna Stone, of East Guilford, Vt., b. 1726. She m., 2d, Dec. 15, 1779, Tim- 
othy Scranton, of East Guilford; d. March 2, 1790. Res. East Guilford, Conn. 

984. i. MABEL, b. Aug. 30, 1757; m. Dec. 14, 1780, Daniel Seward, of 
East Guilford. 
BENJAMIN, b. June 12, 1759; m. Lucy Murray. 
DAVID, b. Sept. 17, 1761; m. Lois French and Mercy Frisbie. 
ANNA, b. Sept. 17,11761 ;m., ist, April 23, 1783, Benjamin Crampton, 

979 >^ 

. V. 


























of East Guilford; m.. 2d, James Lyman; m., 3d, Russell Stevens. 

She d. September, 1848. 
ICHABOD, b. July 26. 1763; m. Anna French. 
ELIZABETH, b. July 26, 1763; m., ist, Linus Hunger, of East 

Guilford; m., 2d, Ichabod Munger, of East Guilford and Clare- 

mont, N. H., where she d. Dec. 13, 1844. 
JEDEDIAH, b. May 29, 1765; m. Mabel Stevens. 
MINDWELL, b. Sept. i, 1769; d. Dec. 14, 1775. 

516. SAMUEL FIELD (David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. in East Guilford, Conn.. Feb. 20, 1734. He was a 
soldier in the French war, and d. at Fort Oswego, N. Y., Oct. 6, 1760. He m. 
April II, 1754, Mary Dickinson. She m., 2d, Nathan Scran ton, of East Guilford; 
d. Oct. 17, 1779. Res. East Guilford, Conn. 

992. i. ZECHARIAH, b. June 6, 1755; m. Priscilla Crampton. 

993. ii. HEPSIBAH, b. Dec. 7, 1757; m. Amos Tooley, of East Guilford. 

994. iii. MARY, b. Dec. 23, 1759; m., ist, 1779, Luther Crampton, of East 

Guilford; m., 2d, William Ward, of Middlefield; m., 3d, Prosper 
Angel, of Madison. 

517. EBENEZER FIELD (David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, 
John, Richard, William, William), b. in East Guilford, Conn., April 18, 1736. He 
removed to Danbury, Conn., where he d. in 1777. He was a Revolutionary soldier. 
He m. March i, 1756, Rachel Scranton b. Jan. 22, 1739; d. in New York in 1813, 
aged seventy-seven. Res. Danbury, Conn. 

MARTIN, b. March i, 1757; d. April 4, 1764. 
MABEL SCRANTON b. May 23, 1758; d. in 1758. 
RACHEL, b. Jan. 30, 1761 ; m. May 3, 1789, Clarke Walton, of Nor- 
folk, Conn. 
MABEL SCRANTON, b. Oct. 7- 1703- 
CATHERINE, b. May 8, 1769. 

CHRISTIANNA, b. Dec. 13, 1771; d. April 12, 178';. 
MARTIN, b. 1774. 

51S. CAPTAIN TIMOTHY FIELD (David, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, 
John, John, Richard, William, William), b. East Guilford, Conn., March 12, 1744; 
m. Nov. 27, 1767, Anna Dudley, dau. of David and Anna (Tallmann), of North 
Madison, Conn., b. April 13, 1752; d. Oct. 17, 1819. He lived on the old homestead 
he inherited from his father. He was a man of great vigor and resolution, which 
led his fellow-townsmen to look to him as a leader in troublous times. When he 
was in the prime of manhood, a little over thirty years of age, the war of the Rev- 
olution broke out, and he entered the army. In 1776 he joined the 7th regiment 
raised in Connecticut for the defense of the state, and served under Washington, 
when the great leader, rallying his forces after the disastrous defeat on Long Island, 
took a position of defense on the upper part of New York Island, between Fort 
Washington, and the East River, to watch the British troops, which then held the 
city and took part in the battle at White Plains. He was afterwards captain of a 
coast guard, organized for protection against expeditions that might attack towns 
along the shore of Long Island Sound, in which he once saved Guilford from a raid 
of Tories, who landed June 17, 1781, and had begun to burn the town, when, mus- 
tering the farmers with their muskets, he attacked them with such spirit that he 
drove them to their boats, leaving their dead and wounded behind them. Captain 
Field lived many years after the war, and was a fine specimen of the old Conti- 
nentals who united the character ot the farmer with that of the soldier. The older 















inhabitants of the town recall his striking figure. One who says, "he can see him 
now," describes him as "a large, broad-breasted, well built man." Even while 
engaged in peaceful pursuits he kept up the military style of dress of other days. 
"He always wore a cocked hat, short breeches, long stockings and bright silver 
shoe buckles, and I never saw him, either on the farm or abroad, that he was not 
dressed in this manner." 

His Revolutionary record is as follows: Sergeant Ensign Jekiel Megs' com- 
pany, Guilford, Connecticut militia, Lexington alarm; private. Captain Andrew 
Ward's company, First Connecticut Continental regiment. Col. David Wooster, 
1775; lieutenant Seventh regiment, Connecticut militia. Col. William Worthington, 
1780; lieutenant Capt. Peter Vail's company, Connecticut Coast Guards, April loth 
to December, 1781. 

He d. Jan. i, i8i3. Res. East Guilford, now Madison, Conn. 

1002. vi. DAVID DUDLEY, b. May 20, 1781; m. Submit Dickinson. 

1003. i. MINA. b. Oct. 3, 1769; d. Jan. 26, 1770. 

1004. ii. LOIS, b. Jan. 29, 1771; m. March 24, 1792. Elijah Wilcox, of Mad- 

ison. She d. Aug. 6, 1S52. 

1005. iii. MINA, b. March 23, 1773; m. Nov. 10, 1793, Luther Dowd. She 

d. Feb. 26, 1843. 

1006. iv. TIMOTHY, b. Sept. 28, 1775; ra. Wealthy Bishop and Mrs. 

Susannah (Pomeroy) Lusk. 

1007. v. MARY, b. Nov. 19. 1778; m. April 2, 1801. John Meigs. Shed. 

July 27, 1S55. Their dau. Louisa wasb. 1802; m. Nov. 18, 1824, 
Zenas Wilcox, son of Joseph, Jr. She d. Madison, Conn., May 
2, 1873, aged seventy-six. He d. March 14, 1893. Ch. : i. 
Vincent Meigs Wilcox, b. Oct. 17, 1828; m. June 17, 1855, Cath- 
erine Millicent Webb, dau. of Dr. Reynolds Webb, b. June 13, 
1832; d. April I, i860. He d. May 9, 1896. Col. Vincent Meigs 
Wilcox was educated at Lee's Academy, Madison, Conn. ; col- 
onel One Hundred and Thirty-second regiment Pennyslvania 
volunteers, 1862-63; distinguished at Antietam ; elder Philips 
Presbyterian church, New York. Was president of E. and 
H. T. Anthony & Co.. a corporation engaged in manufacture and 
importation of photographic materials. Colonel Wilcox's son, 
Reynolds Webb Wilcox, b. March 29, 1856; m. in New York City, 
June 5, 1895, Frances Maud Weeks, dau. of Samuel, b. Nov. 25, 
1868. Res. 749 Madison Av., New York City, s. p. Reynolds 
Webb Wilcox, B. A., Yale College, 1898; M. A., Hobart Col- 
lege, 1881; M. D., Harvard University, 1881; LL. D., Mary- 
"ille College, 1892. House officer various hospitals in Boston, 
Mass., in 1880-81 ; studied medicine at Vienna, Heidelberg, Paris 
and Edinburgh in 1881-82. Professor of medicine and thera- 
peutic at the New York Post Graduate Medical School and Hos- 
pital ; attending physician to the hospital ; visiting physician at 
St. Mark's hospital; co-author, "White-Wilcox's Materia Med- 
ica and Therapeutics" (fourth edition), textbook in most medical 
schools ; therapeutic editor of the American Journal of the Med- 
ical Sciences; author of "Materia Medica for Nurses," "System 
of Case Records. " Has published about two hundred papers on 
medical subjects in various magazines and journals; Fellow of 
the American Academy of Medicine ; Fellow of the New York 
Academy of Medicine (formerly chairman of medical section) ; 


member of New York State Medical Society ; member of Harv- 
ard Medical Society (formerly president); life member of the 
Harvard Medical Alumni Association ; member of Society of Col- 
onial Wars; Sons of the Revolution; War of 1812, (vice-president 
Pennsylvania Society) Loyal Legion; Sons of Veterans (form- 
erly surgeon-general); author of the "Descendants of Wil- 
liam Wilcoxson, Vincent Meigs and Richard Webb," and of 
"Madison, Her Soldiers;" member of Metropolitan, Democratic 
and Harvard Clubs, New York City. He m. Frances Maud, 
dau. of Samuel Weeks, of New York City. Occupation, physi- 
cian ; hobbies, American history and genealogy. 

1008. vii. ABIGAIL, b. April 7, 1784; m. March 9, 1805, Thomas Beals, of 

Canandaigua, N. Y. He was formerly a merchant and after- 
wards a banker, and was one of the most highly esteemed cit- 
izens in his section of the state of New York. He and his wife 
both lived to a good old age. He d. April 30, 1864, aged eighty- 
three, and she passed away Aug. 8, 1872, aged eighty-seven. 

1009. viii. ANNA, b. April 6, 1787; m. Nov. 21, 1814, Abel Wilcox, of Mad- 

ison. She d. Sept. 12, 1861. 

524. EBENEZER FIELD (Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, 
John, Richard, William, William), b. in East Guilford, Conn., in 1739. He removed 
to New Haven, Vt. He m. in 1763, Anna, dau. of Zechariah and Anna (Seward) 
Field, of East Guilford, b. Oct, 26, 1744. Res. New Haven, Vt. 

SIMEON, b. Nov. 4, 1764; d. Dec. 20. 1764. 

SIMEON, b. Jan. 11, 1766. 

PRUDENCE, b. May 15, 1768. 

ROXANA, b. Sept. 23, 1770. 

MARGARET, b. April 3, 1773. 

EBENEZER, b. Jan. 15, 1775. 

AMOS, b. Jan. 7. 1779. 

HULDAH, b. April 7, 1782. 

NAOMI, b. Feb. 17, 1785. 

528. REUBEN FIELD (Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John. 

John, Richard, William, William), b. Norfolk, Conn., Jan. 9, 1762; m. . 

Res. Litchfield, Vt. 

ioi8>^. i. REUBEN, b, 1792; m. Eliza L. Lazaraw. 

530. DEACON MICHAEL FIELD (Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Zachariah, Zacha- 
riah, John, John, Richard, William. William), b. Norfolk, Conn., July 9, T768; m. 
Abigail Caulkins. He was b. in Connecticut, where he was educated, married and 
engaged in business. He removed to Palmyra, N. Y., at an early day; was a 
prominent resident and deacon in the Presbyterian church. He d. in 18 14. Res. 
Palmyra, N, Y. 

1019. i. MICHAEL, b. June 8, 1806; m. Ann Reynolds and Mrs. Harriet 
Brackney Lee. 

1019X. ii. SOLOMON, b. . 

ioi9»^. iii. EBENEZER, b. . 

loigj^. iv. THOMAS, b. . 

loigl^. V. EARL, b. . 

1019%. vi. RODNEY, b. . 

1019^. vii. ELIZABETH, b. . 

1019%. viii. CLARISSA, b. . 



















540. AMBROSE FIELD (Joareb, Ebenezer, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, 
John, Richard. William, William), b. East Guilford, Conn., Feb. 7, 1736. Hem. 
Sept. 17, 1767, Sarah Bates, of Durham, b. May 2. 1743- He was a soldier in the 
Revolutionary army, enlisting at Waterbury. Conn. Res. East Guilford, Conn. 

1020. i. SARAH, b. June 9, 1770; m. Feb. i, 1S07, Charles Strong. She 

d. July 31, 1850. Ch. : i. Semira, b. Aug. 27, 1809; m. Daniel 
Simmons. 2. Semantha, b. Aug. 23, iSii; m. Lemuel Bald- 
win. 3. Juliette, b. June 5, 1813; m. James Wells. 4. Sarah, b. 
May 31, 1815; m. William C. Hatchkiss. 5. Nancy, b. July 17, 
181 8; m. Luke Van Vechten. 

548. REUBEN FIELD (Pedijah, John, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. Enfield, Conn., Oct. 9, 1740; m. Hannah Alden; m., 
2d, in 1785, Mrs. Ann (Hall) Larabee. He was in the Revolutionary war. Reuben 
Field, son of Pedajah and Abigail Pettie; came to Northfield, Mass., in 1752; in 
1781 removed to Athens. Vt. ; in 1821 to Gates, Munroe county. New York; in 1830 
to Sparta, Livingston county, N. Y, where he d. June 5, 1839. Was a Revolution- 
ary soldier; was at the battle of Horse Neck, or White Plains, in 1776; in Capt. 
Agrippa Wells' company, three months men, from September i. to Nov. i, 1779. 
Res. Rochester, N. Y. 

1021. i. REUBEN, b. Jan. 10. 1786; m. Mary Green Ober. 

1022. ii. LUTHER, b. Sept. 17, 1787; m. Priscilla Ware. 

1023. iii. POLLY, b. Dec. 12, 1789; d. unm. January, 1839. 

551. BENNETT FIELD (Pedijah, John, Zechariah, Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard, William, William), b. Northfield, Mass., in 1745; m. in 1778, Elizabeth 
Ferrin. He removed to Athens, Vt., in 1778. Res. Athens, Vt. 

1024. i. PEDAJAH, b. 1779; m., Weld. 

1025. ii. RUTH. b. 1781; m. Joseph Dunklee, of Newfane, Vt. ; removed 

to Glenns Falls, N. Y. 

1026. iii. BETSEY, b. 1783; m. Solomon Barnard, of Townshend; removed 

to Newport, Vt. 

1027. iv. MARY, b. 1785; m., 1805, Edward Oaks, Rockingham, Vt. 

1028. V. LEVI, b. July 20, 1790; m. Experience Dean. 

554. JOHN FIELD (Pedijah. John, Zechariah, Zechariah. John, John. Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Enfield, Conn., June 9. 1751; m. in 1777, Sybil Allen, dau. 
of John end Jerusha. (Hastings), b. July 17, 1759. She m., 2d, in 1804, Noah Munn; 
d. Sept. 10, 1816. He d. June 2, 1800. Res. Northfield, Mass. 

NABBy", b. Feb. 4, 1778. 

LUCY, b. Sept. 12, 1779. 

JOHN, b. June 3, 1781; m. Nancy McCarthy. 

OLIVER, b. Feb. 11, 1783; m. Rhoda Loveland. 

ELIHU. b. Dec. 30. 1784; m. Betsey Stratton. 

FANNY, b. Nov. 14, 1788; m. Benjamin Enoch. He was one of 
Burgoyoe's officers. 

556. NATHAN FIELD (Pedijah, John, Zechariah. Zechariah, John, John, 
Richard. William. William), b. about Sept. 21, I755, Northfield, Mass.; m. Dec. 7. 
1780, Abigail Bullard, of Oakham, Mass. 

Field, Nathan. List of men raised to serve in the Continental army, as 
returned by Capt. Elisha Hunt; sworn to in Hampshire county, April 14, 1779; 
engaged tor town of Northfield; joined Colonel Lam's (Lamb's) artillery regiment; 
term, one year. — Massachusetts State Revolutionary Records. 














In the matter of the estate of Nathan Field, of Oakham, whose wife was Abi- 
gail, in 1792, before Joseph Dow, judge, at Worcester; will probated. 

A guardian was appointed for Reuben Field, mmor, son of Nathan, late of Oak- 
ham, 1799, by Joseph Dow, judge of the Worcester county probate court. 

He d. in 1792. Res. Oakham, Mass. 

1035. i. REUBEN, b. Aug. 2, 1782; m. Experience Burt. 

1036. ii. MARY, b. Jan. 8, 1784. She prob. d. young, as there isn't any 

mention of guardianship on Worcester county probate. 

566. AMOS FIELD (Bennett, John, Zechariah, Zechariah. John, John. Rich- 
ard, William, William), b. Mansfield, Conn., April 20, 1750; m. there Sept. lo, 1772, 
Zerviah Baldwin, b. 1754, dau. of Eleazer and Elizabeth (Wright) Baldwin, b. Aug. 
23. 1756; d. Feb. 20, 1843. He was b. in Mansfield, Conn., where he resided until 
after his marriage, when he removed, in 1775, to Dorset, Vt., and settled on a 
farm, two miles north of the village, still known as the Field farm. He lived and 
died on the place where he first settled, leaving eleven children, one hundred and 
twenty-one grandchildren and great grandchildren. By the marriage of the eldest 
daughter with Justin Kellogg, and by intermarriage with the Kent family, has 
sprung a numerous band of relatives in that town not i